Springtime Is Construction Time for the Georgia Department of Transportation
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has a long itinerary of highway improvement projects planned for the 2018 spring and summer months. GDOT has taken the opportunity to schedule several projects while school is out to make use of reduced traffic during the summer months. June and July are the months in which GDOT, as well as county departments of transportation, ramp up the volume of the road work.
Cobb County residents have experienced the increase in roadwork already. The Cobb County Department of Transportation has closed several roads in the county in preparation for reconstruction and updating projects. The projects in Cobb County have been designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve the overall condition of the roads. Last year, GDOT installed new turn lanes on Davis Road. Also, crews installed new pipelines under Kehely Road. Additionally, bridge repairs were completed on Little Willeo Road.
These three projects have forced the roads to close while compelling commuters to find other ways around these streets. However, along with other projects around the state, they must be completed during the summer months when there is no school. Once school returns to session, the gridlock created by road closures and construction is insurmountable. Consequently, the summer months are prime time to complete projects that would normally be too intrusive to do during the school year.
GDOT will also be busy during the summer. The agency has over $2 billion in projects ready to commence during the summer of 2018. GDOT is working in every county statewide this summer. However, Cobb County, DeKalb County, and Fulton County will be the beneficiaries of the majority of the projects. GDOT will also undertake multiple state-wide projects as well. Some of those projects entail adding high friction surfaces to increase motorists' safety, guardrail upgrades, signage upgrades, striping, and repaving, pavement markings, bridge reconstruction, and bridge rehabilitation.
Drivers Are Asked to be Extremely Careful When Driving in Work Zones
All of the Department of Transportation workers, county and state alike, have the right to work in as safe of an environment as possible. With all of these projects underway, many of the state's highway construction workers will be placed in harm's way because they work in close proximity to highway traffic. Drivers must be extremely careful when driving in work zones. GDOT reminds drivers to:
- Never text and drive,
- Stay alert in and near construction zones, and
- Pay strict attention tot the road and the surrounding traffic.
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