Upcoming road construction impacting local commutes

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it has awarded 388 construction contracts representing a total investment of $1,335,682,120 in the 2017 Fiscal Year, which ended June 30. These funds covered maintenance of existing infrastructure and road projects as well as bridge and safety projects. Combined with the 2016 funding make up almost $3 billion invested in Georgia’s transportation system in a two-year period.

“FY 17 has seen a continuation in Georgia DOT’s increased investment in taking care of existing roadways and bridges throughout the state, and we look forward to extending that investment as the years unfold,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. said in a press release. “In addition to roadway resurfacing, safety projects and widening projects, GDOT has moved ahead with our 10-year Major Mobility Investment Program to address congestion along key freight and mobility corridors in preparation for a growth in freight traffic statewide.”

Georgia DOT awarded 26 construction contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $138,697,600. One of these was a $26.4 million contract for 2.2 miles of new interchange construction on US 29/SR 316 at SR 81 in Barrow County and is likely on the daily commute for many local motorists. According to the press release, it also includes “one bridge that will grade separate the existing at-grade intersection by raising SR 81 over SR 316.  Interchange entrance and exit ramps will provide access to and from SR 316 to the cross road of SR 81. The project goal is to provide operational improvements and to reduce crash frequency and severity.” The expected completion date is Oct. 31, 2020.

Another nearby project is bridge rehabilitation on Social Circle Road (CR 114) over I-20/SR 402 in Newton County. The completion date is March 31, 2018.

Projects funded include:

  • 13 off-system bridge replacements on local roads, a total investment of
    $17 million.
  • 15 bridge rehabilitations or replacements on state roads, an investment of
    $16.3 million.
  • $15.9 million for 53 miles of resurfacing and maintenance on state highways.
  • Passing lane project in Harris County; turning lane project in Henry County.
  • Safety and operational improvements including intersection, traffic signal, signing and pavement marking upgrades.

Click or tap on this link for the full award announcement project list. Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be made available in advance of construction activities.


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