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Construction starts on Grovetown roads

Posted: February 7, 2016 - 1:01am
An 18-month construction project has begun on major improvements to Robinson Avenue in Grovetown.  Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
An 18-month construction project has begun on major improvements to Robinson Avenue in Grovetown.

It’s official, Grovetown is a construction zone.

Orange barrels and silt fences line Robinson Avenue and a hoard of flags flutter on the roadside of Wrightsboro Road.

“I’m excited,” said city Planning and Community Development Director Frank Neal said. “It’s pretty neat seeing everything start to happen.”

Crews have started clearing right of ways and cutting trees along Robinson Avenue.

Improvements to the city’s two major arteries totaling $11 million are funded through the Transportation Investment Act passed in the Central Savannah River Area region in 2012.

Traffic is a major concern to residents in the city and Neal warns that the situation will get worse before it gets better. But city leaders have met with the Georgia Department of Transportation and crews planning ways to lessen the negative effects of construction on traffic.

“(Crews) on both (Robinson Avenue and Wrightsboro Road) are scheduled to not be doing construction during the peak times, during the early morning and the late afternoon,” Neal said, adding that he hopes to limit lane closures as well. “It’s going to be limited traffic interference. There shouldn’t be too many traffic disturbances during that period.”

The $3 million Wrightsboro Road project is slated to be finished in April of 2017. The project calls for repaving and installing curbs and gutters along the 1.065 miles of Wrightsboro Road between Robinson Avenue intersection and Horizon South Parkway as well as widening and adding turn lanes and stacking lanes at each intersection.

Plans also call for 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.

Neal said improvements are not expected to eliminate problems, but, “It should make it a lot better, that’s for sure.”

The improvements to Robinson Avenue are more in-depth. The $8 million project is expected to take about 18 months to complete. The 1.135 miles between 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 island. Neal said he thinks the addition of turn lanes will make a big difference during rush hour as one vehicle stopped to turn won’t hold up an entire line of traffic.

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 is also slated to have lighting and other amenities to make it more pedestrian friendly.

Neal suggested that motorists use caution until construction is complete.

“Be on the look-out for DOT public announcements on any road closures,” Neal said. “Drive slow.”

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