Old DeKalb Scooba Road bridge closed
The Federal Highway Administration requires that all publicly owned bridges in the United States be periodically inspected. Standard bridges in Kemper County are inspected by the County Engineer. Complex bridges are inspected by specialty consultants. Complex structures include concrete bridges built on timber piling.
The bridge on the Old DeKalb Scooba Road over Burke Branch was constructed in 1979. The original construction involved precast concrete components on timber piling. Regrettably, on February 24, the Board of Supervisors was advised by one of the specialty consultants that timber piling supporting the bridge have deteriorated and the structure is no longer capable of safely carrying traffic. In conformance with State and Federal law, the bridge is being closed.
Last year, the Board realized this structure was in deteriorated condition. Funds appropriated by the State Legislature were approved for use in replacing this bridge with a new concrete structure. Plans for the work have been completed. The Environmental Assessment documents are being reviewed by the Corps of Engineers. With this work being completed, the additional right-of-way required for the construction can be obtained. It is anticipated work on this bridge and a second structure on Old Scooba Road will be performed this summer.
Board President and District 1 Supervisor Pat Granger said, “We regret this bridge is being closed but are pleased the plans have been developed for replacing it. We apologize for the inconvenience this is going to cause the public but are going to expedite the project as much as possible. Finally, the Board of Supervisors wants to thank Senator Rod Hickman and Representative Michael Evans for supporting the LSBP program.”