February 16, 2006
In just a few days the way you travel on Interstate-20 will change. News 12 is on your side with what you need to know about this change to the way you drive.
All this traffic heading eastbound towards Columbia will shift over to this side using this temporary road in the median. Then, all traffic will be traveling side-by-side.
The Department of Transportation confirms that next Thursday night, all traffic on Interstate-20 will shift to the westbound lanes.
“When we shift the traffic over to the other side to help the contractor work without being in harm’s way as much as it would be if they were out there on the road,” said Vonda Everett, Georgia DOT.
The construction is to prevent flooding in the future by raising the road about fifteen feet. Five years ago, heavy rains flooded this dip in the interstate.
“Even during Masters week the road is still going to be four lanes. There’s gonna be four lanes when the shift takes place. The only problem is you’re not going to be going straight, you’re going to have a curve in there so you’ll need to slow down,” Everett said.
The entire project is supposed to be done by April 2007, but crews are running slightly ahead of schedule.
Here’s the other side of the project, where they’re laying the pavement. Here’s Washington Road up here. And while this shift will be in place during Masters week, officials are optimistic the delays won’t be too long