Originally created 07/17/04

Work on highway could slow traffic



For all those driving on Interstate 20 in Columbia County next week, be prepared for possible delays when headed east.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the outside lane of I-20 eastbound for a two-mile stretch at the truck-weighing station between mile posts 186 and 188 starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending sometime Friday afternoon, said Vonda Everett, a department spokeswoman.

She said the closing will be around the clock and is the result of shoulder work being performed for the construction of new stations.

"The reason why we're redoing those (stations) is because they're so old," she said, adding that the current stations have had leakage and power problems and needed new technology.

Work taking place next week will include new entrance and exit ramps to the eastbound station, which Ms. Everett said is closed. The westbound station is open.

She said that when work is completed on the eastbound side, that station will reopen and the westbound station will close to be worked on.

"We're making a longer entrance into and out of the stations and wider lanes, too," she said about the eastbound station. "We're doing that a lot on the interstates now. We're making them wider and longer because they were so short and narrow."

Ms. Everett said the station construction is set to be completed in October 2005.

The overall project is 20 percent complete, but the eastbound station is now 40 percent complete, she said.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3904 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.