Windsor Spring widening projects making headway

Windsor Spring Road is starting to see some major changes as construction crews begin a concentrated effort to widen and enhance the road.

 

The road is split into two separate projects, one of which might be completed as early as April. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the project remains on schedule.

The first project, estimated at $27.7 million, covers the area of Windsor Spring from Willis Foreman to Tobacco roads and includes widening the two-lane road to four lanes with a raised center median. Multi-use trails will also be constructed on both sides of the road. The project also includes construction of a bridge and approaches over Spirit Creek.

According to DOT spokesman Kyle Collins, crews are almost finished with the first stage of bridgework over the creek. Later this month, the contractor plans to shift traffic onto the temporary widening from Boykin Road to Anthony DeJuan Parkway. In December, another traffic shift will move to the new construction from Willis Foreman Road to just south of Turkey Trail Drive.

The second project, which is estimated at $21.2 million and covers Windsor Spring Road from Willis Foreman Road to Highway 88, is more than 3½ fromcompletion.

The end result is similar to the other project.

According to the DOT, the project includes replacing the two-lane road with four travel lanes and the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road. The existing bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad will also be replaced with a four-lane road separated by a raised median.

Even though completion is years away, the road is already seeing signs of change.

Crews have begun grading, installing a new water distribution system and relocating utilities. Bridge construction over the railroad is scheduled to begin later this month.

Reach Bianca Cain Johnson at (706) 823-3486 or bianca.johnson@augustachronicle.com.

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