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Bobby Jones Expressway construction reportedly 6 months behind schedule

Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:39 PM
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Construction on Bobby Jones Expressway, once scheduled for completion at the end of June, has been delayed six months.

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Cars drive by construction barrels near Deans Bridge Road and Bobby Jones Expressway. Construction on Bobby Jones Expressway, once scheduled for completion at the end of June, has been delayed six months.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Cars drive by construction barrels near Deans Bridge Road and Bobby Jones Expressway. Construction on Bobby Jones Expressway, once scheduled for completion at the end of June, has been delayed six months.

The new expected completion date is Dec. 22, according to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cissy McNure. The $32.2 million project, which began in late 2011, is about 65 percent complete.

Weather delays, utility issues and other unforeseen conditions contributed to the delay, which McNure said are common reasons road construction projects finish behind schedule.

Soon after construction began, work crews had trouble locating water lines near the intersection of Bobby Jones Expressway and Deans Bridge Road.

The existing four-lane interstate is being widened to three lanes in each direction from just west of Gordon Highway to just east of Deans Bridge Road. The interchanges will be reconstructed to replace the current cloverleaf design.

The original budget was $29.8 million. About $20.3 million has been spent so far.

Motorists should expect continued delays on Bobby Jones Expressway until construction is finished, McNure said.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/07/14 - 08:28 pm
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Bobby Jones construction delay

And this means that we will have to put up with at least 6 more months of these really ridiculous horizontal wide asphalt strips that are along a long portion of the road. It is mind warping to have to bump over each of these wide strips while obeying the law and remaining in the right lane of travel. I cannot see any plausible explanation for these hazards, at least they seem that way to me. They are also very annoying and rough on our vehicles.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 06/08/14 - 08:26 am
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I Avoid that Area

I am quite suprised we have not had more major accidents during this construction. If there is anyway possible I can get to highway 25 or 56 without going on Bobby Jones I will.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/08/14 - 09:29 am
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they need to put better
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they need to put better signage up at Deans Bridge road, especially going west bound

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/08/14 - 10:32 am
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Is anyone surprised that the

Is anyone surprised that the widening of I-520 on this side of town would have more traffic back-ups, accidents, and completion delays than when they widened I-520 from Gordon Hwy to I-20.

They got the "work at night, keep traffic moving smoothly, and complete on time" contract and we got the "3 men and a truck, traffic back ups during rush hour, and it will be done whenever" contract.

Don't tell me there were not any differences in the contract specifics because you know there are. The difference between how the current project is being done and how the other end of I-520 was done is like night and day.

Graymare
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Graymare 06/08/14 - 12:18 pm
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Such a hazard!

Imagine that! The exchange at BJE and Gordon Hwy is so dangerous, no matter which direction your coming.

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