River Watch Parkway construction project to start Monday



Another River Watch Park­way construction project is expected to start Monday.

The project, which will involve replacing about 41,000 feet of old double-sided guardrail with a concrete barrier, will be one of three ongoing projects on River Watch Parkway, according to a Georgia De­part­ment of Transportation spokesman.

“The number of TIA (Trans­por­tation Investment Act) projects on this roadway may seem high, but each has a specific scope,” spokesman Kyle Collins said. “All of the contractors involved understand this is a high traffic area and will do their best during construction to have the least amount of impact to motorists. At the end of the day, we are talking about over a $20 million investment.”

Crews have started on the other projects. Intersection improvements at Stevens Creek and Furys Ferry roads include updating signal infrastructure, shoulder widening, adding pedestrian facilities and improving lighting. The River Watch Parkway adaptive signal project will provide intelligent transportation systems to the traffic signals that will adjust signal timing to respond to real-time fluctuations in traffic, according to the Transportation De­part­ment. The project is expected to reduce travel times and fuel consumption.

The latest project was awarded to Beam’s Contracting for nearly $9.3 million and is expected to begin on the 15th Street side of River Watch with an expected completion date of July 31. The project will involve construction of 7.02 miles of median barrier, milling and plant mix resurfacing on River Watch Parkway from 15th Street to the Colum­bia County line. Decora­tive lighting will also be added to the area.

Officials said the concrete barrier will better prevent vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic, reduce guardrail maintenance and look better.

Lane closures will be in effect as crews proceed with storm drainage installation during the first week of work. However, because of River Watch Parkway’s heavy traffic, time slots for closures will be restricted in the morning and afternoon.

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