Bobby Jones Expressway construction on track for summer completion



A wet summer caused some delays but the widening of Bobby Jones Expressway is still on track for completion.

“We’re still shooting for next June,” said Caleb Lord, construction project manager.

Winter weather could delay completion slightly, but Lord said he expects to hit his date.

The project, which began in 2012, will widen Bobby Jones Expressway to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both have been redesigned.

Work is about 40 percent complete and $2.5 million over the original budget of $29.8 million. Lord said the added cost went to asphalt and other unforeseen conditions.

Crews are now constructing the bridges, grading ramps at Gordon Highway and the median on Bobby Jones and working on lighting construction.

Lord said the finished project will increase traffic flow, especially at the Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road ramps, which under the old plan left an extremely small area for vehicles to exit and enter the interstate.

“That’s one of the big keys to the whole job is to ease that congestion at Deans Bridge and Gordon Highway,” Lord said.

Congestion, however, is not expected to lessen in the near future. Lord said he is aware of the traffic problems and drivers should still anticipate delays until the project’s completed.

One bridge is expected to be finished before year’s end, but construction on another will then begin.

“Everything’s going to stay about like it is right now,” he said. “It’s not going to make it any worse or any better.”

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