Crews to begin work on River Watch Parkway intersection after holiday

Construction crews will begin improvements to the interstate intersection with River Watch Parkway after the Fourth of July holiday, meaning more lane closures for motorists.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the $5.3 million project will begin July 5 with a right-hand lane closure from Claussen Road to Alexander Drive. It will shrink the road to two lanes in the southbound direction for existing concrete side barrier removal and construction of a new barrier and widening. The closure is expected to last four to six weeks but could change because of weather and work conditions.

Drivers also will see reductions in lanes on Riverwest Drive for roadway reconstruction. Contractors will maintain one lane in and out to repair heavy rutting at the River Watch intersection.

The project is a partially funded Band 1 Transportation Investment Act project with TIA money accounting for $2.5 million of the total estimated cost. It includes improvements to River Watch Parkway between Quarry Road and River Shoals Parkway. Improvements include milling and overlaying the corridor, widening to create a second turn lane onto the eastbound Interstate 20 ramp and widening at the westbound ramp for dual right turn lanes. The scheduled completion date is November 2016.

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