By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced roadwork on the 441 Bypass in Madison that began on Monday, Feb. 29. GDOT intends to complete a pavement preservation project by sealing cracks in the road. GDOT anticipated the project to be complete on Thursday, March 3, if the poor weather conditions do not prolong the project. “Crack sealing is a method of preserving roadways from deteriorating over a period of time. The sealing agent is a rubber asphalt material spread over the crack. Georgia DOT works tirelessly addressing ‘block’ and ‘load’ cracking caused by weather and everyday vehicle pressure,’ said Kyle Collins, communications specialist for GDOT. Local citizens and commuters can expect daily lane closures between mile-post zero and mile-post four on both northbound and southbound lanes of Route 441 during the pavement preservation project. A GDOT team will first assess the road to its condition. “The time to perform this activity depends on road deterioration. Crews have to walk the area on foot to ensure precise application,” said Collins.
“On average, GDOT crews can perform crack sealing from a half mile to one and a half miles on a 12-foot wide lane in a single day. Crews range from five to eight people and also include personnel for traffic control.” Drivers should be on the look out and extra cautious when driving on 441 next week. “Look for a flagger, pilot car and arrow boards next week as the Department directs traffic to complete this scheduled maintenance in Morgan County. Heavy equipment will be entering and exiting the highway at these locations. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones,” said Collins. According to Collins, The Pavement Preservation Project is a completely separate project from the promised R-CUT to be installed on the 441 Bypass in lieu of a traffic light at the Bethany Road Intersection. “This crack sealing is independent of that project,” said Collins.