Originally created 04/03/02

Bobby Jones improvement nears kickoff



The goal is to reconstruct and widen a path for smoother travel on Bobby Jones Expressway.

The plan includes two bridges and an interchange.

"The Bobby Jones interchange (project) has been coming down the pipes for quite some time now," said Deborah Pennington, of the Georgia Department of Transportation, referring to the addition of a westbound loop from Old Savannah Road (Georgia Route 56) to Bobby Jones.

Public meetings on the project, which has passed the planning phase, date back to 1997.

Recently, the project was awarded to Reeves Construction Co. of Americus, Ga. Construction hasn't started, but DOT officials expect it to begin soon.

Mrs. Pennington said the new loop ramp will replace an existing left turn from Old Savannah onto Bobby Jones and will "better the traffic flow there."

The work also will include a widening of the bridge on Bobby Jones over Old Louisville Road and a bridge on Old Savannah over Bobby Jones.

DOT Commissioner Tom Coleman says the improvements in the area are needed because more drivers are on the roads.

"Adding capacity to our state's transportation system is an important part of servicing the increasing population of the state," he said in a recent news release.

Construction on the project is set to be complete by Oct. 31, 2003, at a cost of $20.02 million.

Meanwhile, several city streets in Richmond County also will be resurfaced by Reeves Construction with recently approved state funding.

Improvements will be made to the following roads, spanning a total of 18.8 miles: Barefield Drive, Baxter Road, Buck Road, Cemetery Road, Clay Street, Crest Drive, Crosscreek Drive, Henry Street, Hopkins Street, Laney-Walker Boulevard, Liberty Church Road, Lock and Dam Road, McElmurray Road, Holly Pond Road, Pineview Drive, Rushing Road, Rutherford Avenue, Story Mill Road, Central Avenue and Brothersville Road.

The resurfacing work, scheduled to be complete by Oct. 31, will cost $799,000.

"Adding capacity to our state's transportation system is an important part of servicing the increasing population of the state." - Tom Coleman, Georgia DOT commissioner

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3904.