The governors of South Carolina and Georgia announced Wednesday a new cost-share partnership on a $75 million project to replace an aging bridge that connects both states.
Transportation Secretary Christy Hall and her Georgia counterpart Russell McMurray signed the joint funding resolution Wednesday at the Georgia Welcome Center.
In all, four bridges will be replaced where Interstate 20 crosses the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River near Augusta, Ga., and North Augusta, SC. The twin 28-foot-wide, two-lane structures are over 50 years old.
The proposed replacement bridges will each provide three travel lanes in one direction with shoulders on the inside and outside. Interstate 20 will be widened from four to six lanes from River Watch Parkway (Exit 200) in Georgia to West Martintown Road (Exit 1) in South Carolina, a distance of approximately 2.5 miles.
Work on the project is expected to begin in the fall of 2018, with a completion date expected three years later. Under the agreement, both states agreed to pay a “proportional share” of the engineering and construction costs.
Officials said the bridges handle more than 60,000 vehicles daily. That number is expected to increase to more than 87,000 by 2037.