Traffic alert: Hwy. 74S to get dicey

Tue, 03/06/2007 - 5:57pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City drivers, beware: Construction activity on Ga. Highway 74 South is about to increase significantly, and more delays can be expected along with more temporary lane closures and traffic signal delays, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Utility relocation is about to begin now that the “grubbing” process of removing trees and debris is complete, said Barry Hancock of the DOT.

“Lane closures will occur at random locations and times will vary from daytime to nighttime depending on the location and type of work required,” Hancock said. “As much as possible, the convenience of motorists will be taken into account; however, safety and expediency will be keys.”

The road is being widened from two to six lanes from Ga. Highway 54 all the way to Cooper Circle, which extends beyond the intersection of Crosstown Road and TDK Boulevard.

The construction delays are necessary to maintain the projected completion schedule, Hancock noted.

Hancock said with good weather predicted for the immediate future, work on the project will progress quickly.

“When they get good weather, they really can go to town,” Hancock said.

Signs, flagging personnel, barrels and barricades will be used to alert and direct motorists through the construction zone, Hancock noted.

Once utility relocation is complete, the process of grading can begin to prepare the road surface for paving, Hancock said.

The project will be completed by Oct. 31, 2008, according to the construction contract. The $28.8 million project is being built by APAC Southeast Inc.

Personnel working on the project will be not only along Hwy. 74 but also along side streets. Motorists are urged to drive safely and remain alert, Hancock said.

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