Augusta road construction projects moving steadily along

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Road improvements underway for three Augusta arteries are progressing on time and mostly on budget, according to state and city transportation officials.

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Construction barrels line the road at Interstate 520's Exit 5. I-520 is being widened to six lanes between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both interchanges are being redesigned.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Construction barrels line the road at Interstate 520's Exit 5. I-520 is being widened to six lanes between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both interchanges are being redesigned.

Two Georgia Department of Transport­ation projects are steadily moving forward, said spokeswoman Cissy McNure.

A project to widen Bobby Jones Express­way and redesign two interchanges is about $2.4 million over budget just more than halfway to completion. An $18.6 million project to widen Wrightsboro Road is less than one-fifth complete.

A city project to widen Marvin Griffin Road, a thoroughfare with heavy industry and truck traffic, began a few months ago, said engineering director Abie Ladson.

Also coming are intersection improvements at Sand Bar Ferry Road and Laney- Walker Boulevard, and traffic signal upgrades on several state routes and Tobacco Road. The improvements, managed by GDOT, include installation of video detection systems that use cameras to monitor traffic counts, speed of vehicles and other measurements.

Bobby Jones Expressway

Interstate 520 is being widened to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both interchanges are being redesigned.

Crews are installing drainage and a sound barrier wall. The exit ramps, traffic lanes and bridge-widening are under construction.

Percent complete: 55 percent

Scheduled completion: June 2014

Original budget: $29.8 million

Current budget: $32.2 million

Wrightsboro Road

Between Bobby Jones Expressway and Jimmie Dyess Parkway, the road will be widened from two to four lanes with a 20-foot raised median. The existing road will be realigned between Maddox Drive and Barton Chapel Road to avoid impacting Flowing Wells spring.

At the intersections of Barton Chapel Road and Augusta West Parkway, both roads will be realigned to form one intersection with a traffic signal and left and right turn lanes.

Percent complete: 19 percent

Expected completion: April 2015

Original budget: $18.6 million

Sand Bar Ferry Road and Laney-Walker Boulevard

A video detection system is part of upgrades to the intersection. Grading is underway and new traffic signals are in place.

Percent complete: 63 percent

Expected completion: Nov. 30

Original budget: $726,489

Traffic signal upgrades

Various locations on state routes 121, 223, 288 and Tobacco Road are receiving upgraded traffic signal equipment and video detection systems. Improvements also include enhancements for pedestrians, including accessible sidewalk ramps.

Percent complete: 52 percent

Expected completion: Dec. 31

Original budget: $813,159

Marvin Griffin Road

The road between Mike Padgett Highway and Doug Barnard Parkway will be widened from two to four lanes. Phase one of construction is underway, including clearing rights-of-way and moving utility poles.

Road grading and installing storm water systems will be underway by the end of the year.

Expected completion: 2015

Original budget: $8 million

Sources: Georgia Department of Transportation; Abie Ladson, Augusta engineering director

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countyman 07/06/13 - 06:53 pm
New infrastructure

Over $40 million being invested into South Augusta, and the number of comments equal zero.

corgimom 07/06/13 - 08:31 pm
Ok, I'll comment. They are

Ok, I'll comment.

They are building new roads. That's a good thing.

Until you realize that the City of Augusta projects doesn't have the money to properly maintain them. They are adding more road miles, they can't fix what they have now, and this just adds more to the budget. How much more will taxes have to rise to maintain all this? Where does it ever end?

dichotomy 07/06/13 - 08:51 pm
"between Gordon Highway and

"between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road."

Well, if it was from Gordon Hwy to Doug Bernard I might get excited. As it is, it is half what is needed to promote growth on ALL the South Augusta corridors. My guess is that it's just going to create rush hour 3 lane to 2 lane bottleneck merge on east bound Bobby Jones at Deans Bridge for those of us traveling on to the Peach Orchard/Windsor Spring, Mike Padgett, and Doug Bernard exits. When you widen BJ from Deans Bridge to Doug Bernard, ring me up and I'll give you a WOO HOO.

As for Marvin Griffin, c'mon now. Not exactly on the top of my "improve residential quality of life in South Augusta" list. Widening Marvin Griffin is strictly for the benefit of industry and nothing for the residents to get excited about. That's like trying to put Starbucks in the South Augusta "growth" basket. Sure, it's good for the county job wise, but does nothing for the quality of life in South Augusta. Can't eat there, can't shop there, and y'all gave them tax breaks to come here so it don't lower my taxes or my garbage bill any.

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to see ANY money get spent on the south side. But as usual, it's either being done half arsed or in the wrong place.

corgimom 07/07/13 - 01:00 pm
They can build a yellow brick

They can build a yellow brick road in South Augusta, but now that they are going to build a slum- oh, what am I saying, I meant to say affordable- housing project, South Augusta is going down the tubes.

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