The Georgia Department of Transportation’s summer construction season is under way. However, the DOT vows to be as non-disruptive as possible while making these critical improvements to the state’s transportation system.
“Whether you’re headed out on a family summer vacation, a day outing, or just going back and forth to work as usual, we understand you don’t want to be caught up in a traffic delay,” Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi said. “At the same time, the long days and warm temperatures of summer are a very important time for us to make needed improvements and repairs to Georgia’s 18,000 miles of state and federal highways. The preventative maintenance activities we undertake in summer months save taxpayers millions of dollars in avoided reconstruction costs over the long term.
“We make every effort to minimize the impact of this work, however. Whenever it is practical, we limit roadway work and lane closures to overnights and weekends when there is less traffic. That isn’t possible on every project, but we always provide advance notice of our work through the news media, our free-call 511 phone system and the 511 website, www.511ga.org.”
Mastronardi added that out-of-state interstate travelers can get construction and traffic information at the state’s welcome centers.
The following are some of the Department’s potentially “motorist impactful” construction jobs under way or beginning this summer in Southeast Georgia:
• Interstate 95 and State Route 99 interchange reconstruction in Glynn County;
• Construction of a new Diamond Causeway Bridge across Skidaway Narrows in Chatham County;
• Construction of Truman Parkway, phase five, in Chatham;
• SR 204 Spur/Whitfield Avenue widening in Chatham;
• SR 204/Abercorn Street widening in Chatham;
• Widening of Highway 1 in Toombs and Effingham counties.