Gwinnett County bridge shut down for months for I-85 expansion

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Drivers who use a major Gwinnett County road will have to find another way to cross the interstate.

Flowery Branch Road over Interstate 85 was shut down Monday morning. The aging bridge is about to get demolished and replaced.

The project is expected to take about six months to finish.

Neighbors in nearby subdivisions say detours won’t help during the school year, as Mill Creek High, a middle school and an elementary school all sit just down the road.

“This is the way we take to get around the schools, but now we have to be behind the buses,” said Miguel Rentas.

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The new bridge won’t open until early July, well after the school year ends.

Transportation officials told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach that the timeline for the project will be the same as last year’s bridge replacement on Spout Springs Road.

Officials said the bridge should look the same, with wider lanes, a full shoulder and sidewalks on both sides to make it a lot safer to walk across.

Both bridge replacements are part of the much larger widening of I-85 from two lanes to three.

The project should also be complete by mid-year, but drivers should get used to the bridge being closed for the next several months.