Mike Padgett Highway lane closures begin in January

Although contractors had planned to begin widening Mike Padgett Highway this coming week, commuters have another month before major construction disrupts the route.

Some construction outside the existing roadway will begin this month but major activity requiring lane closures won’t happen until early January, said Eric Schnitzler, a transportation engineer associate for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Originally, the lane shift was scheduled for Sunday. Schnitzler said the delay will not affect the expected July 2016 completion date.

The $24 million project will widen 4.8 miles of Mike Padgett Highway from Bennock Mill Road to Old Waynesboro Road.

It also includes construction of two bridges. Reeves Construction Co. was awarded the project’s contract in August.

In January, two of the four traffic lanes will be closed. The speed limit will be reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph.

During some stages of construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, Schnitzler said.

“This temporary closure will allow motorist to safely travel through the project while contractors construct the additional lanes and drainage,” he said in an e-mail. “The staging of construction has been designed such that commuters shall expect minimal delays.”

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