Augusta area road fixes are top priority for Georgia DOT

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 6:46 PM EDT
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

(WRDW/WAGT) -- If it feels like there's a lot of road projects along I-20 in the CSRA, It's because there are. The good news is a lot of these projects finish up today. The bad news some of these crews you see will be here to stay for a while.

Tuesday Traffic in some places is coming to a complete stop.

Cars were backed up near Belair Rd while Crews closed two lanes to repair damage from a lightening strike last week.

That is a one day fix, but Georgia DOT's Kyle Collins says not all the projects you see are.

"Some of them are close to being finished, like I said more so on these Tia projects, but on I-20 there is going to be some ongoing stuff. The next 2 to 3 years," said Collins.

There's 3 big upcoming projects for the area.

$4.2 million dollars is going towards replacing old I-20 signage at 22 locations from Newton to Richmond County. This upgrade will be complete by October 2017.

Also, a $630,000 contact will replace I-20 guardrails at 86 locations beginning at Exit 130 and ending at Exit 200. That work should be complete by May 2017.

But there's also a pretty long list of fixes and lane closures happening this week.

Tuesday and Wednesday there will be multiple lane closures on the Westbound side from the Appling-Harlem exit to Thomson. The closures will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Crews are working on sawing joints in recently replaced concrete slabs to apply sealant.

You will also see lane closures on Jimmy Dyess between Gordon Highway and Belair Rd through Thursday.

"It's going to be a little bit of slowdown, but we are doing the best to fix it back right," said Collins.

Collins says it's a headache now, but he says other areas would love to be getting the road attention our area gets.

"There's hundreds of millions of dollars of investment going on via the T-SPLOST and some of the state funding that we have. A lot of that goes to the local representation and also the state representation pushing for these projects," said Collins.

GDOT cameras placed along I-20 update every 15 to 20 minutes to help you see back ups along i-20 before you slide into it. Right now only a few are streaming to the site, but many more are being installed or under construction.