Recently work had began on clearing on interchanges all over the state, noticably locally in Walton County on each side of the interchanges between State Route 10 and Highway 78 as it broke away to go through the Monroe business district. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the work was began last year in advance of the winter season to ensure that bad weather didn’t shut down these interchanges all over the state, as had been experience in the past.
You may, however, have noticed that the work appears to have come to a stop recently in the sections impacting Monroe.
According to the City of Monroe, the contractor for the Georgia Department of Transportation responsible for the Monroe sections has defaulted on the contract and appears to have quit working on these sites, “leaving piles of felled timber, debris, and orange barrels along the roadsides.” GDOT reportedly has re-advertised the bid for services and expects to be hiring a new contractor to finish the tree removal and clean up the remaining debris. The City of Monroe is monitoring the progress of this safety improvement project with GDOT.