Construction Delays on Savannah River Parkway

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

January 20, 2006
In our area, the goal for the Savannah River Parkway is to make Highway 25 four lanes from south Richmond County to County Road 16 in Jenkins County. News 12 is on your side with an update on the project.

The project is split into four phases. At this point, for varying reasons, all four are either behind schedule or have their current completion dates later than the original dates.

Construction continues along Highway 25. This is the beginning of the Savannah River Parkway, an effort to have a four-lane highway from Augusta to Savannah.

“We think they’re moving along pretty well. They’re getting done faster than what we expected them to. It ain’t hurt business too bad,” said Greg Baker, C&S Tires Transmissions.

Greg Baker works at C&S Tires Transmissions off the highway.

“Like this little trench right here, it’ll get muddy and they’ll throw gravel in it. They had a spot over there they fixed. They’ve been working real good at it,” Baker said.

Baker is referring to the first phase of the project, which starts at State Road 88 in Hephzibah and goes to County Road 438 in Burke County. Even though it’s ahead of schedule, its completion date has been pushed back four months to April 2007. DOT Officials say extra work has been added to the project.

Phase two covers the next six miles of Highway 25 in Burke County. The contractor, Douglas Asphalt, is six weeks behind schedule. Anticipated completion date is now later this year in November.

Douglas Asphalt is also behind schedule on Phase three, which includes to Waynesboro Bypass to County Road 118 in Burke County. Even though the contractor isn’t on time, the original completion date in November still stands.

Phase four of the Highway 25 project finishes at County Road 16 in Jenkins County. Reeves Construction is the contractor, the one still working on the oft-delayed Furys Ferry road project. On Highway 25, they’re one month behind schedule due to weather delays.

Despite the updated completion dates, a spokesperson for the Dot says it is possible that one or more of the phases will be complete in the original time frame. That, of course, hinges on good weather.

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