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Eyes on the Road: Bradford Street work will be finished soon

POSTED: April 1, 2013 12:13 a.m.

The zigzagging for Bradford Street motorists may be over soon.

A contractor for Gainesville has been working to install about 545 feet of reinforced concrete pipe and build five catch basins along the road between Forrest Avenue and Academy Street.

The work also includes repairing or replacing “disturbed pavement, sidewalk and curb and gutter,” said Stan Aiken, the city’s senior civil engineer.

“While most of the pipe has been placed, there is still a short segment to be placed and then complete the paving and curb and gutter work,” he said Thursday.

The city had to add 120 feet of pipe to the project because of the pipe condition “upstream of the proposed tie-in,” he said.

However, that extra effort shouldn’t extend the project more than a week from the schedule.

Aiken said on March 20 that the project could take two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather.

Gainesville didn’t set out to make all the stormwater improvements.

Initially, the city was installing a new sewer line in the area and abandoning a decades-old line that ran underneath a building.

Then, workers discovered what appeared to be a sinkhole. As it dug, the city found it needed to replace a terra cotta stormwater pipe system, which was found to be in disrepair.

For a couple of months or so, the work has involved flaggers and drivers navigating around unpaved but dirt-packed surfaces.

That section of Bradford is a busy stretch as it leads into the downtown square.

Limited lane closures set to help ease road congestion

Metro Atlanta interstates will have limited lane closures from midnight Friday to 5 a.m. April 9 to accommodate the NCAA’s Final Four men’s basketball tournament and the Atlanta Braves’ opening homestand.

Closures also will be limited on surface streets near the Georgia Dome, principal venue for the NCAA games, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Also, limited Georgia interstate lane closures will be in place April 13-14 for motorists returning from spring break.

That won’t benefit Hall and Gainesville students, who are on spring break today through Friday.

“Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the state during this entire period,” states a DOT press release.

The DOT “reminds travelers to exercise caution as crews may be still be working in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to remain in place,” the release says.

“Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.”

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