Friday, March 28, 2014
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ALBANY — Early commuters coming into Albany from the east might want to get an even earlier start for the next several weeks.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials say phase 2 of a three-part project will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. This phase involves the resurfacing of the U.S. Highway 82 Business route (Oglethorpe Boulevard) from Walmart to Slappey Boulevard.
Officials said phase 2 work will be conducted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic periods. While the schedule has been set to minimize the impact on businesses along the route and motorists, commuters will want to consider the work and road conditions in determining their travel time.
Those traveling through the work area after 7 a.m. and before 7 p.m. shouldn’t face any work being done, but GDOT officials note that there will be warning signs to slow down, as well as with some lane closures and barrels or cones channeling traffic along parts of the route.
This phase of the project also will be with motorists for most of the spring. The schedule calls for it to be completed by May 31.
GDOT officials say the reason for the project is the road conditions. Existing pavement is deteriorating, they said, adding that the stretch was last resurfaced nearly a decade and a half ago in 1999/2000.
Once phase 2 is completed, the third phase of the project will turn north on Slappey (U.S. Highway 19) and conclude at its intersection with the Liberty Expressway.