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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 11:16am

Skidaway Bridge Opening Delayed

State transportation officials are demanding contractors say exactly when they'll finish a $23 million project on Georgia's coast.

A new bridge to Skidaway Island was supposed to be finished in November of last year.

But now a contractor says the opening date has to be pushed back again -- this time from late August to late September.

"We have requested in writing that the contractor specify an 'Open to Traffic' date," says Jill Nagel, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

United Contractors is paying $1,000 a day in fines because of the delays.

A project manager says there's no one reason for them.

"We still have to place the deck and do the joint work," says the contractor's on-site manager, Donald Anderson. "Then that'll be 'All She Wrote.'"

The new arched span will replace a 40-year-old drawbridge prone to breakdowns.

"We're very disappointed," says Millicent Pitts of the Landings Association, which represents many homeowners on the island. "One has to be skeptical because we were given dates that have come and gone."

Skidaway Island is home to more than 8,000 residents.

The bridge replacement is one of two large road construction projects taking place in Chatham County right now.

The other, a two-mile extension of the Truman Parkway, is scheduled for on-time completion in March 2014, Nagel says.