Two Interstate 20 rest areas in Columbia County will be closed for a few days next week as preparations begin for construction of a roundabout at Pumpkin Center.
The rest areas on I-20 near the McDuffie County line will be closed Tuesday through Thursday to allow crews to relocate a sewer main associated with the planned traffic circle at the intersection of Appling-Harlem Road and Wrightsboro Road, according to Harlem City Manager Jason Rizner.
A force sewer main owned by the city of Harlem serves the rest areas and is in the Georgia Department of Transportation right-of-way. It will be relocated during the closure, according to Rizner. A city-owned water line was relocated from the right-of-way last week.
The project includes replacing the four-way stop at Pumpkin Center with a traffic circle.
The roundabout will extend 0.36 miles, according to the DOT. It will include two lanes at a width of 11 to 15 feet, sidewalks, curb and gutter, and splitter islands on each of the four approaches. It also will have a truck apron and a central island, and will be lighted.