By Tia Lynn Ivey
Roadwork near Sandy Creek Road in Madison and Bostwick Road (State Route 83) kicked off this week with motorists experiencing traffic delays during construction hours. The 441 project is anticipated to be completed in roughly two weeks, whereas the longer-term Bostwick Road surfacing project will not be completed until August of 2019.
Crews from C and H Paving Inc are currently widening US 441/Athens Highway on both sides near Sandy Creek Road in Madison. This will allow for a center left turn lane installation for safer driving, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The $142,000 project began Monday, Jan. 28 and is expected to take two full weeks to complete. Although, weather may delay completion.
“Predicted winter weather temps and rain could extend the time frame but project management expects a two-week work duration once underway. Drivers in each direction could experience delays at certain points of the day until complete,” said GDOT spokesperson Kyle Collins.
The project is part of GDOT’s Quick Response Program which, “supports operational projects such as re-striping, intersection improvements, turn lane additions and extensions that can be implemented in a short period of time and for under $200,000.”
“This US 441 intersection is a great example of those funds going to good use to allow more efficient left turns onto Sandy Creek Road, while mainline drivers experience no delays,” explained Collins. “Providing extra turn motion storage removes the likelihood of rear end crashes…the general work zone will be 700 feet on either side of the intersection.”
A larger and longer-term resurfacing project is underway for over 13 miles of Bostwick Road beginning from Downtown Madison all the way into Walton County. The road will be resurfaced by E.R. Snell Contractor Inc.
According to GDOT, “The $3.97 million contract for new pavement and shoulder rehab started at State Route 12/Main Street [in Madison] and is extending to the county line should be underway with patching by Tuesday, Jan. 29. E.R. Snell plans on mobilizing first at the Walton County line and working back to Madison. Drivers should expect single lane closures and delays at certain times Monday through Friday to protect workers and the traveling public. A typical work day should commence by 8 a.m. Work hour restrictions from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. are included in the section from SR 12 to March Street Monday through Friday. Project completion is August 31, 2019. Georgia DOT expects the contractor to complete all patching and shoulder work prior to a spring return to finish the asphalt paving layers.”