UPDATE | New Riverwatch lights undergoing test run for 30 days

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Published: May. 31, 2016 at 5:12 PM EDT
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An update on the lights on Riverwatch.

Georgia Department of Transportation says in a tweet that the lights have been turned on, and are working as intended.

At the end of the 30-day test run conducted by GDOT, the City of Augusta will assume ongoing maintenance ownership of the lights.

Monday, June 20, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing a 30-day test run for hundreds of new lights recently installed along Riverwatch Parkway.

GDOT officials say the work will begin next week.

At the end of the 30-day test run conducted by GDOT, the City of Augusta will assume ongoing maintenance ownership of the lights.

Earlier this year, lanes were closed along Riverwatch Parkway to build the median where the new lights are now installed.

News 12 First at Five / June 1, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Road work on Riverwatch Parkway has been on-going since last year, and it's not over yet.

Today, crews are getting ready to start re-paving a seven-mile stretch of the high-volume thoroughfare.

Drivers coming up and down Riverwatch met with a little more resistance, between Stevens Creek and the CSX railroad tracks, while workers replaced a pipe underneath the roadway.

But, this is minor, compared to what's happening next week, when crews will work overnight here for more than a month.

It wasn't always like this: an unending stream of cars heading to and from Augusta.

More changes are on the horizon, and to 89-year-old C.W. Burrum - that's not a bad thing.

"I love all these projects. I hate to see people complain about all the construction when it's so nice when they get through," he said.

His home is surrounded by businesses, and maybe looks a bit out of place here. It's only a few hundred feet away from the Riverwatch and Stevens Creek intersection, and he's happy to stay.

"I'll stay here the rest of my little life," said Burrum.

Close by, men in hard hats get to work on a pipe replacement. But next week, they'll work overnights to re-pave the stretch from 15th Street to the Columbia County line.

"It's something that's got to happen," said driver Ken Davis.

He uses the road almost every day, and is happy with the visible changes so far.

"It's nice that they're putting in new lights to light up the Riverwatch. It's really dark going through there later at night," Davis noted.

Over on Calhoun Expressway, it's the start of big changes as well: a $8.4 million repair and reconstruction project. Both the city and Georgia Department of Transportation stated there was an "extreme need of resurfacing." On the 2014 Concept Report for the project - lighting replacement, bridge repair and guardrail replacement are all on deck.

While more construction countywide does annoy some, Davis thinks even more could be tackled.

"I think sometimes, you know, they don't do enough at one time. When the put in one lane and you should be putting in two lanes," he said.

Both of those projects should last well into the summer, GDOT hopes this portion of the Riverwatch improvement project will be done by August.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Starting tomorrow morning, Beam’s Contracting, Inc. will close both inside lanes on State Route 104, or Riverwatch Parkway, between Stevens Creek Road and the CSX railroad to replace an existing median pipe.

GDOT says this is one of the first steps in preparation for the resurfacing project from 15th Street to the Columbia County line.

The closure will affect drivers for three days, from Wednesday June 1 starting at 9 a.m. through Friday, June 3, depending on the weather, officials say. But, lanes will remain open each way.

Once pipe repairs are complete at the end of the week, GDOT says the 7-mile resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. Plans are to pave Monday through Saturday nights, and the work could take five to six weeks.

The upcoming resurfacing project is part of the $9.6 million Riverwatch improvement projects being funded by the Transportation Investment Act and is scheduled to be completed by August 2016.