Roadwork roundup: I-20 lane closures delayed at overpass that will serve new Amazon center

The Georgia Department of Transportation says distracted driving and speed caused most of the fatal crashes in the past year and a half.
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:22 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:37 AM EDT
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APPLING, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) - Contractors have delayed lane closures on Interstate 20 at the U.S. 221/Appling-Harlem Highway interchange.

Work under the bridge was expected to take place Thursday and Friday. However, the Georgia Department of Transportation said Thursday morning that the work had been delayed until further notice.

The bridge, which will serve a new Amazon fulfillment center that’s set to open Aug. 1. The fulfillment center and another Amazon center nearby are are expected to employ at least 800 people.

The new bridge on U.S. 221 will feature added width with two, 12-foot lanes, a 12-foot inside median and 8-foot shoulders.

Ramp roundabouts were selected as the best-fit for traffic capacity and to correct driver vision issues at a lower cost.

Nature’s Way was relocated about 700 feet north to support the optimal highway access point.

Completion is expected late summer 2022.

Jefferson County project moving forward

LOUISVILLE, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Another major step toward a four-lane U.S. 1 corridor from Wadley to Wrens has moved forward with a $32.2 million construction award to contractor E.R. Snell.

The contract will cover highway improvements from Mennonite Church Road (Warrior Trail) to State Route 540 (Fall Line Freeway).

This project includes $2 million in Transportation Investment Act funds.

Also, almost seven center-line miles of U.S. 1 in Jefferson County secured a $3.102 million construction investment set to resurface all travel lanes this summer.

C and H Paving Inc. received two connected Georgia DOT paving contracts to be finished by April 30, 2022. Work areas from Wrens to the Jefferson County line include:

  • U.S. 1 from Quaker Road to northeast of Foxberry Road, 2.9 miles, $1.463 million award amount
  • U.S. 1 beginning south of Anderson-Oliphant Road and running to the Richmond County line, 3.9 miles, $1.638 million award amount.

Expect traffic changes on Gordon Highway

Starting Thursday, one inside lane of Gordon Highway will be closed in each direction from Walton Way to Peach Orchard Road in Augusta for median wall construction.

Two travel lanes in each direction and dedicated turn lanes at each intersection will remain.

A Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman expected the project to take six to eight months.

Ahead of the project, crews will:

  • Relocate existing signage and striping as needed.
  • Ensure all parcels in the project area have access maintained.
  • Bring in digital message boards to alert drivers to changes ahead.
  • Realign overhead signs and traffic signals with the new traffic pattern.

The Gordon Highway improvements are part of a $18.7 million project, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

This combination contract consists of one Transportation Investment Act project to install concrete median barrier in addition to decorative lighting and resurfacing. In concert with the safety improvements, the Georgia DOT bridge office allotted funding to rehabilitate four bridges crossing both CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroad lines.

Also in the news ...

  • In Columbia County, there will be a temporary road closure on Shadowood Drive to install stormwater utilities at Columbia Road. Through traffic won’t be allowed through June 17. Expect delays and seek an alternate route if possible.
  • There will be a temporary lane closure with lane shift on Pleasant Home Road. The temporary lane closure will be in the westbound lane of Pleasant Home Road at the intersections of Fairfax Street and Old Anderson Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 8-10.
  • There will be intermittent, temporary lane closures with lane shift on Sugarcreek Drive at Lewiston Road The intermittent lane closure will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 18. The closure is associated with the widening project for Lewiston Road.
  • There will be temporary lane closures with lane shifts for sewer replacement at 1051-1057 Bartram Ridge, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 517 Mattock Drive, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday; and 1022 Bartram Ridge, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 11.

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