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Roadwork on Ga. 13 nears end

Resurfacing project set for Aug. 31 finish; traffic delays likely

POSTED: July 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on a $1.2 million resurfacing of Ga. 13 between Buford and Flowery Branch.

The project, which began in June, involves a 5.43-mile stretch between City Hall Street in Gwinnett County to north of Cantrell Road in Flowery Branch, including a section of Atlanta Highway that skirts downtown Flowery Branch.

The work involves stripping away old asphalt, or milling, then filling in the street with new asphalt and then restriping the road.

Through much of Flowery Branch, Atlanta Highway has three lanes, including a center turn lane.

For most motorists, there hasn’t been and won’t be much interference with daytime traffic.

"Whatever section they happen to be working on a particular night, their goal is to mill that (asphalt) out and get it back in there before the next morning," said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman with the state DOT.

"Occasionally, that may not happen if they have equipment issues or what not, but they would still make (the roadway) safe for travel."

Last week, for example, workers milled the road but then had to stall the inlay and resurfacing work because of "an issue with the asphalt plant not being able to produce the mix that they needed," McKinnon said.

For those traveling the roads during the work, expect delays.

Lanes will be closed during the project, but workers "will be using a pilot car," McKinnon said. "During milling operations, one group goes, and the pilot car turns around and takes (waiting cars through)."

The project is scheduled for an Aug. 31 completion.

New roads can last a good while before the DOT undertakes such a project.

"We’re watching the roads all the time," McKinnon said. "Our guys are trained to know when the asphalt starts to break down.

"Typically, asphalt has a 12- to 15-year life span. So about the 10th or 11th year, we start paying some extra attention to those roads."


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