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GDOT road work projects winding down locally

By Ed Brock

Tammie Huntley of Jonesboro, like many other drivers, was relieved to hear that the season for roadwork is winding down.

“I haven't seen much lately, not this side of town,” Huntley said.

She's even noticed less construction obstruction from the Georgia Department of Transportation project on Interstate 285 on the west side of the city near her parents' home in the Greenbriar area.

“It's kind of dangerous the way they have it set up,” Huntley said. “You have to wait for all the other cars to go and then zoom out.”

Driving will be getting a little more convenient in the winter months.

“At this time of year the amount of work is going down,” said Jerrice Boyce, spokeswoman for GDOT.

There is still work being done, of course. On I-285 near Riverdale Road there is light congestion while crews complete twin tunnels that will carry the fifth runway for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We're not expecting much as far as delays and backups,” Boyce said.

Further south the inner lane is closed on Interstate 75 southbound starting around Mt. Zion Road for a resurfacing project and in Henry County construction continues at I-75 and Hudson Bridge/Eagles Landing.

The latter is about 65 percent completed and well on schedule to be completed in summer 2006. It involves widening the bridge over I-75 from two to 11 lanes, widening of the roadway and additional turn lanes at Eagle's Landing and Rock Quarry Road, sidewalks and more.

Information on GDOT projects is available at www.dot.state.ga.us or by going to the Georgia Navigator Web site at www.georgia-navigator.com. Also, drivers can call (404) 635-6800.

Local projects are also ongoing, such as the work to improve intersections on Flippen Road in Henry County.

“During the winter time work is going to be going on with all our road projects,” said Roque “Rocky” Romero, project manager with the Henry County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program.

The program has just completed improvements at the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Chambers Road, Romero said. Also, work continues on the four-lane East Lake Extension between Ga. Highway 42 and Springdale Road.

It may be true that you can't lay asphalt in the winter, Romero said, but “you can put down base.”

In Clayton County the widening of Flint River Road near Tara Boulevard is “winding down,” said Wayne Patterson, Clayton County director of transportation and development.

“They're about 85 percent done with that and it should be complete in about four to six weeks,” Patterson said.

Other than that there are no major projects going on, Patterson said.