U.S. 27 reopens in Harris County

The U.S. 27 bridge crossing Mountain Creek near Callaway Gardens,cq Pine Mountain, has reopened early.

That means no more detours between Hamilton and Pine Mountain.

The bridge was closed Jan. 2 so it could be replaced and widened, according to Barry Hancock, Georgia Department of Transportation District 3cq communications specialist.

"Good weather and the cooperation of our good friends at Callaway Gardens enabled the project to be completed early," Hancock said Friday.

He praised Massana Construction LLC of Marietta,cq which did the bridge and approaches, for "a fantastic job."

The project cost nearly $1.14 million and was scheduled to be completed June 30. But work was finished in time to reopen Monday.

U.S. 27 serves many communities in this area, including Columbus and LaGrange. In Georgia, it extends from the Georgia-Tennessee border south to the Georgia-Florida line.