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Roadway improvements coming to Grovetown

Grovetown road projects planned

Posted: December 6, 2015 - 12:05am
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Traffic moves slowly past the gazebo on Robinson Avenue during rush hour in Grovetown.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Traffic moves slowly past the gazebo on Robinson Avenue during rush hour in Grovetown.

Rush hour traffic congestion is one of the biggest complaints in Grovetown. But the new year will bring the beginning of improvements for Grovetown motorists.

Construction to better the city’s two major city arteries – Wrightsboro Road and Robinson Avenue – will start early next year.

“We’ve got some traffic issues. But our traffic issues are just at the peak times,” said city Planning and Community Development Director Frank Neal. “It’s going to be a major improvement for the city. I’m excited.”

The projects total $11 million and are funded through the Transportation Investment Act passed in the Central Savannah River Area region in 2012.

But Neal warns that though motorists will see construction soon, it likely won’t improve the driving experience right away.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Neal said. “There’s going to be a lot of construction going on out there on Wrightsboro to Robinson Avenue, that corridor going into (Fort Gordon).

“In the end we’re hoping it’s going to relieve a lot of the issues we’ve got. It’s not going to solve all of our issues, but it’s going to help tremendously.”

Work is expected to begin on the $3 million Wrightsboro Road plan first, likely in January or February, according to Karen Judd, a Georgia Department of Transportation TIA communications specialist. The work is slated to be complete by the end of April. The project bid was awarded to Beam’s Construction and the contract is expected to be finalized before the end of the year.

The project calls for repaving and installing curbs and gutters along the 1.065 miles of Wrightsboro Road between Robinson Avenue and Horizon South Parkway as well as widening and adding of additional turn lanes and stacking lanes at each intersection.

“It’ll reduce a lot of the long stacking that’s taking place,” said Neal, adding that currently, traffic can back up from the Robinson Avenue intersection as far as Goodale Park on the two-lane thoroughfare during peak traffic times.

Plans also include construction of a 10-foot wide paved multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists on the north side of Wrightsboro Road connecting to Goodale Park.

Construction on Robinson Avenue isn’t expected to begin until February or March. It is a more in-depth project at $8 million and is expected to take about 18 months to complete. The road, 1.135 miles from Newmantown Road to Bryan Circle, will be widened from two lanes to be two lanes with a center turn lane at intersections as needed or decorative landscaped islands, according to Judd. Neal said the addition of turn lanes will make a huge difference in traffic flow through town at rush hour.

“It’s not going to hold up traffic both ways when someone has to (make a left) turn,” Neal said. “I think that Robinson Avenue is going to be some of the most exciting stuff happening in the city in a long time.”

The intersection with Katherine Street will be realigned and a new traffic signal installed along with curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides of the road for the length of the entire project. The downtown area, the city center designated in the Urban Redevelopment Plan, is slated to also have decorative lighting and other amenities to make it more pedestrian friendly.

“It’ll be a lot safer for kids,” Neal said. “It’s got so many benefits. Pedestrians, bikers riding up and down Robinson Avenue safely now.”

The bid was awarded to C & H Paving and work is expected to finish by the end of September 2017.

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rbndawn

Road improvements with slow progress.

Thank you for your article and is great that roads are improving but I still can't understand why there is so many projects going on at once in the county with very slow to no progress? Columbia Rd widening 2 years and still not finished? Intersection in Washington Rd to connect with Evans to Locks and Town Center started and no advance? Washington Rd Widening towards William Few Pkwy still on the works? The widening of Wrightsboro Rd between the Bobby Jones towards Jimmy Dies Pkwy how long now? The logic says that not to start a new project until the current is finished but it seems to be no logic here.
In the other hand, the replacement of the bridge on Columbia Rd on Walton Branch with a very fluid progress and finished what was different here? Can you give us an insight on these.
Thank you.