Closed portion of Walton Way will reopen today

The stretch of Walton Way between 13th and New Bailie streets, which has been restricted since July, is expected to reopen by noon.

The stretch of Walton Way between 13th and New Bailie streets is expected to reopen by noon today.


Mike Keene, the area engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said drivers won't see much difference as they pass through the area, which has been restricted since July.

"It'll essentially be back to the same way it was before," Mr. Keene said. "We just had to do all that work to realign St. Sebastian (Way)."

When it's completed next summer, the new St. Sebastian Way Extension will fuse several existing downtown thoroughfares with new flyover ramps and bridges. The $21 million roadway will allow drivers to avoid downtown railroad tracks and stoplights to cut down on travel time to the city's medical center.

The new road and bridge spanning the Augusta Canal will connect Walton Way to Greene, Broad, Jones and Reynolds streets.

Work continues on Greene Street, where new stoplights and some paving is being done. To rebuild a bridge over the canal, part of 15th Street between Greene and Broad streets will shut down for several months this spring. Mr. Keene said it will be the last closure of the project.

Steve Cassell, the traffic engineer for Richmond County, said drivers should be aware of an unrelated road closure on 12th Street, where workers are installing a sewer line. Businesses in the area of 12th Street from Telfair Street to Walton Way will still have access, but it will be closed to through traffic for the next two months.

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