End in sight for road work causing delays in Grovetown

Published: Apr. 26, 2017 at 6:34 PM EDT
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News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'Clock / April 26, 2017

GROVETOWN, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) -- With more people moving to Grovetown for cyber careers connected to Fort Gordon, more road work is underway. But there is good news. The end is in sight.

With every scoop and scrape, comes the unavoidable traffic.

"With construction comes all the noise and everything like that," said Julian King, works off Wrightsboro Road.

And if the phrase patience is a virtue taught drivers anything, with the looks of things now, it's easier said than done.

"It's awful. It's getting too crowded too quick," said Floyd Payne, lives in Harlem.

"Growth is good, but at what cost?" asked King.

In this case, it's at $2 million dollars to widen and improve Wrightsboro Road and Robinson Avenue. The two main arteries in a city bursting at the seams.

"Because Grovetown is definitely not the same as what it was say 25 years ago," said King.

The oldest parts may still be hidden in Grovetown's Farm and Garden Center nestled in between Wrightsboro Road and a soon to open, Wal-Mart.

"Until they completed the construction a few weeks back, we were having a problem with customers coming into the store," explained King. "There were a few days where we were just shut down."

"The only thing we can do is hope that when they get through things will improve,"said Payne.

Small improvements beginning to take shape with an additional left turn lane on Wrightsboro Road at Robinson Avenue and re-timing traffic signals, so the delays will begin to disappear.

"They can't keep up with the growth," explained Payne, "You pull into one of the little side stores, and you're going to sit there 30 minutes sometimes to get out."

"You like to see growth, but sometimes, the infrastructure can't keep up with that growth," said King.

And instead of orange cones and stop and go traffic, drivers just want to see it end.

"It's just hard to get around now," said Payne.

"Hopefully for the better, so it's just one of those things that time will tell," said King.

That project should wrap up by fall of this year. GDOT said the initial completion date is June 2017, but there were utility relocation delays that held up the project.