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Bridge on Gus Tippins Rd. closed, structural weakness


The bridge on Gus Tippins Road is blocked on both ends with concrete pipe and rock. Just in front of the blockade are two road closed signs and stop signs have been placed on either side of the road as well.
 

 

The “road closed” sign and detour route notification are placed a mile ahead of the bridge closure on Ivey Lane, within the city limits of Daisy. Melissa Rd. is the proposed detour route to the right.
 
Bridge on Gus Tippins Rd. closed, structural weakness 

Following a Department of Transportation inspection in February, the bridge over Bull Creek on Gus Tippins Road (just outside the Daisy city limits) has been closed. The inspection report cites a structural weakness in one section of the bridge.
“DOT sent us specific requirements for closing the bridge almost a month ago,” said County Administrator Casey Burkhalter. As such, the bridge was closed to comply with DOT requirements. 
“I’ve got an email from Atlanta that tells us to close that bridge,” said Ron Nelson, DOT Area Engineer.  Verbal advice was given to the county on January 30 by DOT’s regional bridge inspector that the bridge needed to be closed. A letter stating the bridge “was deemed no longer satisfactory” was sent to Evans County Board of Commissioner’s Chairman Del Beasley on February 2, and the bridge was subsequently closed.





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