Scenic 30a Open - Draper Lake Bridge Construction Complete

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  1. Matt J

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    It's gotta close first. It was open yesterday.
     
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    Latest word on Draper bridge closing. It was delayed due to a problem with the electronic sign board. It is suppose to close today.
     
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    60 feet????
     
  4. Lake View Too

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    I looked at it, on foot, right after the washout happened. Can I amend my recollection to 40'? I just remember wondering how any equipment was going to get down and around there to reinforce that very steep embankment. Maybe skilled drone operators can supply us good recon of the entire project, from beginning to...it is going to end, isn't it?:cool:
     
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    Bridge was open at 11am today. But by the time we finished lunch at La Paya around 12:15 it was closed. And so it begins...
     
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    Kurt, Thanks for the heads up on local businesses remaining open and accessible during the bridge closure. Basmati's Asian Cuisine is open for Lunch Monday thru Friday , 11am til 2:30, Dinner every night at 5pm. Happy Hour from 5 to 6 Every night. Stop by and see us!
     
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    You're welcome and we will see you soon.
     
  8. Matt J

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    County sent out bids today for this. Apparently there's no contractor?
     
  9. Lake View Too

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    I'll do it! I'll do it! Pick me! Pick me! You gotta learn sometime. :blink:
     
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  10. Jimmy T

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    Contacted the project manager and he sent me links to the plans. The files are huge pdf's. The first page of the second one shows what the bridge will look like. It's nothing special. Cheers!

    Download site: Walton County File Download Form
    File name: 15-07-23 BID SET 1 OF 2.pdf
    File retrieval pin number: 4749



    Download site: Walton County File Download Form
    File name: 15-07-23 BID SET 2 OF 2.pdf
    File retrieval pin number: 4138
     
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    P.S., if you don't feel like downloading the plans, here's what it will look like.
    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 8.05.08 PM.png
     
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    @Lake View Too if you think you can pull it off this is your opportunity:

     
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    That can't be right. Unless there are 2 contractors? One for demolition and one for construction? Otherwise why close it now?

    And why in the world would you start anything without all your ducks in a row? Things happen in a process like this and any delays are critical.

    I would expect a plain bridge there to keep costs down. A unique design is a good idea though to enhance Scenic 30A and our touristability. Imagine what Scenic 30A could look like with a little imagination, work, and money (hello TDC ad budget). We should work toward reducing signs, utilities clutter, trash, etc.
     
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    I wonder if public works might do the demolition?
     
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    OK, I took a course in bridge building, online, last night, and I'm ready! I only got a couple questions: what do they mean by "concrete"? It's that really hard gray stuff? And "asphalt"? It's the black stuff, correct? I got this!! What could go wrong? Here, somebody hold my beer...
     
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    Maybe two contractors because the structural elements of the temp bridge are owned by the company who did that work and not by the company doing the permanent bridge? Maybe?
     
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    The county did the temporary bridge so I'm betting public works.
     
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    Electronic signs are up and I hear that the road is closed by the bridge.
     
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    Sept 18 2015 UPDATE ON DETOUR

    Updated Road Closure Notification for County Highway 30-A


    Walton County Public Works facilitated the closure of County Highway 30-A beginning September14, 2015 to begin construction of a new bridge at Draper Lake.

    The Department of Public Works is currently in the process of changing the detour route in order to assist in ensuring the safety of the public.

    The new detour route will extended to begin at Hwy 283 Westbound on CR 30A and will direct traffic north on Hwy 283 to US Highway 98. This will close CR 30A for 3.5 miles to Draper Lake. The road will be open to local traffic.

    This new detour will take place as soon as Public Works completes the process and should occur sometime the afternoon of Friday, September 18, 2015.

    The bridge construction project and the associated road closure will restrict thru traffic for the duration of the project. The bridge construction project is scheduled to be complete by March 1, 2016.

    This changes the detours route to CR 393 to US Hwy 98 to Hwy 283. Message boards and detour signage are currently being installed.

    The public is encouraged to use caution while traveling any of these area.
     

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