Evans street would close during construction

Friday, May 3, 2013 6:26 PM
Last updated 9:45 PM
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Columbia Industrial Boulevard in Evans could be closed for about a month after construction starts on the extension of River Watch Parkway.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to discuss that detour and other details of the project during an open house set for 5-7 p.m. May 14 at the Evans Government Center Auditorium, according to the DOT.

The parkway extension will use Old Petersburg Road and Old Evans Road as it extends from Baston Road to connect with Washington Road at Towne Center Drive.

During construction, which hasn’t yet been scheduled, Columbia Industrial Boulevard – which runs between Old Evans Road and Evans to Locks Road – will be closed at Old Evans.

Construction on that portion of the parkway will include a “flyover” bridge that will cross the railroad tracks.

The open house will provide maps of the project and an opportunity for residents to offer comments to DOT representatives. It won’t include a formal presentation, a DOT announcement stated.

Comments also can be sent to Glenn Bowman, P.E., State Environmental Administrator, Georgia DOT, 600 W. Peachtree Street NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.

The deadline for comments is May 24.

After the open house, handouts will be available at www.dot.ga.gov; select Information Center, Public Information, then Public Outreach.

– From staff reports

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Riverman1 05/04/13 - 06:51 am
Big Project

This is a major project. I wonder how long it will take to complete the project? I know it says in the article final construction plans are not ready, but I wonder.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/04/13 - 11:57 am
Years and Years

The way the Georgia DOT contractors work, this project will take six or eight years. Yes, it is a big, big project. The final layout will be superior to what is there today, but it will be a mess during construction. Old Evans Rd. will become four lanes with a median (and six lanes where the Old Petersburg/Blue Ridge monstrosity will finally become a single intersection – hooray). Widening Old Petersburg to four lanes all the way back to Baston is also part of the project.

It will be interesting to watch construction of a four-lane flyover bridge at the railroad tracks. The tracks are already higher than the main roadbed at this time.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/04/13 - 12:00 pm
Baston Road

Speaking of Baston, am I the only one who thinks they took about four steps backward when they installed the new "adaptive" traffic signals with the cameras at Baston Rd. and Riverwatch/Old Petersburg? Sometimes I sit three or four minutes to get a green light when I am on Old Petersburg headed east.

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