Nighttime motorists on River Watch Parkway should notice a big difference on the road.
New lights on the parkway were officially turned on Wednesday evening.
“The lights are working as designed to limit trespass outside the shoulders,” Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesman Kyle Collins said in an e-mail. “... Illumination is where it needs to be for driver safety and visibility.”
The lighting is just one aspect of the $9.6 million project that began in October. Officials said lighting was one of the major concerns when discussions began about improvements to the dark stretch of highway. Crews placed 200 150-watt fixtures along the 7-mile stretch from downtown to River Shoals Parkway.
Currently the lights are in a 30-day test burn. If everything goes well, the lights will be accepted from the contractor and maintenance ownership will transfer to the city.
The project is nearing its end, with an estimated completion date of July 31. Crews are working on replacing guardrails on the outbound side now and should complete bridge approach slabs by July 4. Lane closures will continue to be in effect until mid-July. Night paving is expected to begin by the third week of July.