Originally created 05/04/04

All lanes of I-20 to reopen this afternoon



The Georgia Department of Transportation announced this morning that repairs to a bridge on Interstate 20 will be completed this afternoon and both lanes will be reopened.

The repairs to the westbound bridge over the Augusta Canal were necessary because of an accident Monday in which a tractor-trailer took out a large section of guardrail beside the outside lane.

The South Carolina DOT had closed the westbound portion of the interstate at Exit 1, which caused traffic to spill onto secondary roads in North Augusta and resulted in long traffic delays.

The repairs were initially estimated to be completed by Thursday, but Vonda Everett, a spokeswoman for the local Georgia DOT district, said crews were able to work faster than expected on the bridge.

The repairs also closed the outside lane of I-20 westbound, causing some traffic to back up from the canal bridge east to Exit 1 this morning.

The DOT has not been able to estimate the repair and cleanup costs, Ms. Everett said.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.