Riverwatch Pkwy officially complete, city leaders cap off with dedication

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 7:35 PM EDT
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

News 12 @ 6 O'clock / NBC 26 at 7

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- James Davis lives near Riverwatch Parkway.

“When you look at it, it's the same road, but it's definitely better," he said.

James Davis is the first to tell you, but he after years of construction he's happy to kiss it goodbye.

“I was so glad to see no cones on the road, there weren't any cones, no detours; it was just a straight shot.”

GDOT and county leaders made it official. Capping off the Riverwatch extension project after utility and weather delays this project took almost four years to finish.

“Don't you love it when a plan comes together,” Ron Cross asked.

As one project ends, three big ones are ahead. Columbia County expects to start work on Flowing Wells Road by fall. Not long after, work at exit 190 kicks off. That project includes redoing the interchange and widening Lewiston Road.

“If you go out there, that area is busy day in, day out except at night, it starts to die down a little bit,” said Columbia Director Engineering Services, Steve Cassell.

Widening on Fury's Ferry Road isn't far behind expected to start two years from now.

“It'll be nice to see the investment continue beyond this TIA because this TIA is over in about 5 years.”

Tax payers dollars helped make this project happen. From the start, to now, the finish, people like James are glad it’s over.

“It was a pain in the butt for a little while, but it wasn't bad,” James said.

Work going on down Washington Road should be completed mid-May and Robinson Avenue in Grovetown shouldn't be far behind.