Get ready for road work at 15th Street, but officials say it's for safety

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Fifteenth Street right in front of Augusta University Medical Center and the VA is getting some road work done.

But while it's been going on for a couple of weeks, last night residents told us that some of the gridlock got to a tipping point.

Not only will construction be a problem getting in and out of the hospitals, but there could be more long-term issues.

The work is sure to pile up traffic around the hospital and could be a problem for ambulances.

"This is an 18-month project, so it's going to be more difficult than it used to be," Augusta Traffic and Engineering's John Ussery said.

Ussery says the project might be an inconvenience to some, but a media is meant to make the area safer.

"It always will improve traffic flow and traffic safety," Ussery said. "Not allowing vehicles to turn left whenever they want. There's certain places where they'll turn left. Cuts down on a lot of conflict between both directions of traffic."

With so many people who walk and bike to AUMC, Ussery says new lanes will make it easier and usable for them, too.

"We are going to provide a separate, 8-foot multi-use trail for bicyclists to be away from the street," Ussery said.

To avoid the construction, Ussery suggests residents should take Calhoun toward the hospital, turn left on Walton Way, turn right onto 13th, and then use either Laney Walker or Harper to access the Augusta University area.

"You should expect to drive slower and for it to be more difficult to navigate this area," Ussery said.

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