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Part of 15th Street set to close temporarily

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Downtown drivers will have several more painful months ahead of them as crews prepare to close part of 15th Street next week.

A small stretch of the busy road -- which handles more than 14,000 cars a day -- will be barricaded starting Tuesday as work crews move into the final stages of the downtown St. Sebastian Way extension project.

The work will happen between 15th Street's intersections with Broad and Greene streets.

The bulk of the hospital traffic will travel a roundabout detour up Broad Street to a portion of the new St. Sebastian Way extension and back down Greene Street, according to Richmond County Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell. The closure could last as long as five months, which would push the project past the expected completion date of July 31.

"It will start Tuesday sometime after morning rush hour," Cassell said.

Crews will replace the surface of the small brick bridge at 15th and Broad and add a right-turn lane to Broad Street, according to Eddie Spry, of Sunbelt Structures. Spry said the brick sides and basic structure of the bridge would be preserved.

"We're not going to touch the structure under the bridge because it's historical," Spry said.

This comes after crews closed a portion of Broad Street for several weeks and a four-month closure of Walton Way at St. Sebastian Way last year.

Officials said it would be the last major closure of downtown streets until the work is finished in July.

Plans for the St. Sebastian Way Extension have been in the works for decades. It is planned as a fusion of existing downtown roadways and new flyover ramps in order to move traffic from River Watch Parkway to the city's medical centers without the hassle of downtown train crossings.

As part of the $21 million project, crews have already realigned Walton Way and St. Sebastian Way to meet the new road. They continue to build a new bridge over the canal near Enterprise Mill and new ramps leading from River Watch Parkway.

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FedupwithAUG 04/17/10 - 10:44 am
What a mess this will cause.

What a mess this will cause. I don't understand why they don't wait until they open the new bridge over the canal first. A map would be nice. Still trying to picture “detour up Broad Street to a portion of the new St. Sebastian Way extension and back down Greene Street” in my mind.

keeanzia 04/17/10 - 10:59 am
I agree a map would be nice

I agree a map would be nice and it will cause a mess. Drivers just have to leave the house earlier to find a detour. I travel that way every morning so I know the headache this is going to cause. Look at the bright side, our tax money is at work.

TrulyWorried 04/17/10 - 01:44 pm
If nothing were done people

If nothing were done people would gripe even more - right?

countyman 04/17/10 - 02:30 pm
TrulyWorried... You make a

TrulyWorried... You make a excellent point... This is another sign of PROGRESS downtown. Saint Sebastian will offer bicycle lanes and sidewalk walk improvements that connect to the mixed-use path along the 1st Level of the Augusta Canal.

2010 is the launching pad for the 2011 boomtown status. The new library: $25 million opens June 2010, Saint Sebastian connector: $30 million opens July 2010, Judicial Center: $70 million opens December 2010, Emporium Condos: $3 million under construction, Kroc Center: $100 million under construction opens June 2011, Laney Walker/Bethlehem: $37.5 million under construction, Martha Lester School: residential/commercial under construction, Broad Mill Village: 6 historic mill duplexes under construction, Tee Center: 40 million starts in May 2010, Hyatt hotel: $25 million 8 story starts construction in June 2010(along with $10 million parking garage and a 3 story office building. Opens June-July 2011, Holiday Inn Express: $5-10 million starts in September 2010 & opens July 2011, Broad street 13th-5th: $4 million for street lights and lamps. Starts June 2010 and ends January 2011, Sheriff's office: $10 million starts in June-August 2010. The finishing of the Whites Condos is supposed to start this year.

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