Improvements ahead for hated intersection

With a purchase of three parcels of land Tuesday, one of Columbia County’s most-hated intersections is a little closer to being fixed.

 

Commissioners approved spending $178,410 for three pieces of property along Lewiston Road to allow installation of a traffic signal at William Few Parkway.

Close to the Grovetown exit of Interstate 20 and on the route to Grovetown High School, the intersection causes routine backups during rush hour as motorists are stuck waiting to make turns.

County officials will hold a “prebid” meeting with potential contractors to spell out what they’re expecting to relieve the traffic, said Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlacter.

Construction bids will be awarded next month for the project to widen and add turning lanes to Lewiston and William Few and install traffic signals. Construction probably won’t start until the end of the school year, Schlacter added.

“By the time school is out we’ll have everything lined up,” he said. “We hope to have it up and running before school is back in.”

Engineers also are evaluating William Few’s nearby intersection at Chamblin Road to decide whether to build a roundabout or install turn lanes and a traffic signal, Schlachter said. Construction on that project could begin later this year.

 

Reach Barry L. Paschal at barry.paschal@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 868-1222, ext. 106.

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