Road work along Georgia Highway 56/Mike Padgett Highway in Burke County will impact motorists traveling to and from Richmond County as well as Plant Vogtle this month, according to authorities.
A section of the road, northeast of Waynesboro, will be closed from Monday to Feb. 19 as crews work to allow contractors to replace damaged drainage structures between Collins and River roads, according to a Burke County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The work is part of a $4.817 million construction project funded by the Transportation Investment Act to reduce crash rates while improving capacity, Burke County Sheriff’s Chief Lewis Blanchard said.
During the 14-day closure drivers are urged to use prepared detours via Highway 56 Spur/River Road, Georiga Highway 80 and Georgia Highway 23.
Motorists are urged to use caution as routes will be very congested from 3 to 7 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m., according to the release. Commercial and log trucks are advised to avoid these roadways and time periods if at all possible.
Local traffic will be allowed up to a certain point with deputies providing extra patrols daily.
“While this will be inconvenient for a short period of time the benefits to those traveling state roads within Burke County in the future are enormous,” Blanchard said. “We are thankful to the Georgia Department of Transportation and thank everyone in advance for their cooperation, understanding, and patience.”