Brick gravity walls to border Calhoun Expressway

Notice extensive masonry work during your morning commute on John C. Calhoun Expressway?

 

The thirteen new brick-faced “gravity walls” were included in the ongoing Calhoun repair and reconstruction project to beautify and support landscaping on the roadway’s steep western shoulders, city spokesman Jim Beasley said.

The walls were part of the project’s original design by consultant W. R. Toole Engineers and will cost $389,477 for concrete and brick to construct, Beasley said.

Toole won a $647,655 design consulting bid for the Transportation Investment Act project in 2014. The project’s total construction contract cost with Reeves Construction is around $8.2 million, Beasley said.

The project started in 2016 and has an estimated completion date of late summer. It includes resurfacing the seven-mile expressway and ramps, painting the concrete median, new lights in the median, new wire fencing along the road and extensive landscaping.

Beasley said once complete, the upgrades will be maintained by the city under a memorandum of understanding with the state.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

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