UPDATE: According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the new traffic signal at Mulberry Drive and Highway 17 should be fully operational Thursday, Aug. 22, weather permitting.
The signal was supposed to be up and running Tuesday, but due to inclement weather the date was set back, according to a DOT press release.
Some changes are in store for Richmond Hill drivers as a new traffic light is set to go live next week and work continues at the crossroads.
According to the state Department of Transportation, the traffic light at Highway 17 and Mulberry Drive could be fully operations as soon as 10 a.m. Tuesday, if all goes as planned.
Before the light can go live, the DOT will test the light beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, when the signal will be in flash mode, weather permitting. If the weather cooperates, the signal will be set to operate in full capacity Tuesday.
Message boards and advanced warning signs will be in place to prepare motorists for the new signal.
Meanwhile, road work continues on Highway 17 at 144 with crews working at the intersection seemingly around the clock through the weekend.
According to the DOT, temporary lane closures will be installed for the north and south inside lanes on Highway 17 at 144 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, weather permitting.
The lane closures are needed for the contractor to work on the inside lanes. Motorists should expect delays and be aware that personnel and equipment are being operated in close proximity to travel lanes.
DOT reminds that this is a work zone and extreme caution is necessary. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed as they travel through this and all work zones. Message signs, barrels and/or cones will be utilized to alert the public of the upcoming changes.