News 12 first at five, April 3, 2008
Augusta, GA---Players will drive the ball down the fairways in a matter of days, but will drivers on the outside be ticked off trying to avoid construction. "We've got construction going on and clean up going on, but we are getting ready to shut-down," said Cissy McNure. Cissy is with the Georgia D.O.T.
Richard Hoyt has lots of questions about the whole thing. He has friends and family coming in. "I'm just trying to find out the new driving directions so I can instruct them how to get here with the least amount of fuss," said Richard.
Golf traffic signs are popping up across the city. Cissy says, "With the new parking that the Masters has opened up we're hoping that's gonna help tremendously, also."
Homes along Berkmans Road have been cleared out to make room for parking.
"I can tell you that Augusta Richmond County will have people riding the route. I think they ride them hourly and they'll be giving updates over to the traffic control," said Cissy.
A steady downpour of rain did not slow construction crews. The task was to get things cleaned up. The deadline...midnight. "It's got to get done today. All construction has to cease by 12:01 AM," said Cissy.
Work resumes on the Tuesday after Masters week, but keep this in mind, "Even though we don't have personnel out, we've got temporary barrier walls for them to watch out for so always be careful especially during Masters when you've got so many people coming in from out of town," said Cissy.
The I-20 Westbound ramp at Washington Road is expected to re-open from 2 in the afternoon until 9 P.M. The Georgia D.O.T. encourages you to call 511 for real time traffic updates.