Bobby Jones Expressway stretch to be widened

A $30 million widening of Bobby Jones Expressway is included in $97 million in funded projects announced Monday by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

With construction contracts expected to be ready soon, the project likely will get under way by the end of the year, according to Don Grantham, the DOT’s Tenille district commissioner.

The project includes the addition of a lane on Bobby Jones, also known as Interstate 520, in both directions between Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway, widening the section from four to six lanes.

“It’s really going to be good, because a lot of traffic gets bottled up there,” Grantham said.

The project has been in the works since Grantham’s predecessor on the transportation board, former DOT Chairman Bill Kuhlke, was in office, Grantham said. Both men are former Augusta Commission members.

“We finally got everything done, and we’re awarding the contract now,” he said.

The project includes improving the busy Bobby Jones interchange at Walmart on Deans Bridge Road, Grantham said.

Other projects announced by DOT on Monday include cable barrier installations in Dawson, Lumpkin, Douglas, Carroll and Haralson counties, and the award of a $52 million contract to replace 11.5 miles of Interstate 75 in Dooly County.