By Maria-Jose Subiria
A federal road project in parts of Clayton, Henry and Dekalb counties will consist of the installation of fresh pavement markings along Interstate 675, from State Road 401, to State Road 407, according to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials.
GDOT awarded a $1,098,676 contract to Peek Pavement Marking, LLC, of Columbus, Ga., for the approximately 11-mile project, on July 30, officials said.
"Any time we have to replace pavement markings, it's because they've outlived their useful lives," said Mark McKinnon, a spokesperson for GDOT.
Pavement markings usually last six to 15 years, before they are refreshed, he added.
McKinnon said the project should begin within several weeks, and is scheduled to be completed, by Nov. 30.
The project will include, white, and yellow, striping, skip lines, arrows, crosswalks and stop bars, along with the installation of new reflectors, said McKinnon.
For motorists concerned about traffic congestion during the work, McKinnon said that some state roads contain up to five lanes and that, in general, on multi-lane state roads, the contractor should leave at least two lanes open for motorists.
On state roads with only two lanes, he said, at least one lane should remain open for traffic.
McKinnon said motorists should use caution, when driving near a work-zone area.
"It's a work zone ... the best thing motorists can do is slow down, be alert and don't drive distracted," he said. He explained that three out of four work-zone fatalities involve motorists, and not the construction workers. Two out of three of those, he continued, occur at idle work zones, where drivers hit the equipment on-site.