Overnight lane closures will start Tuesday and are slated to last about three weeks as the Georgia Department of Transportation extends a westbound left-turn lane on Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 at Green Hill Circle.
Single-lane closures in both directions between Shallowford Road and Green Hill Circle will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, running from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, including weekends.
The 170-foot extension of the turn lane is now scheduled for a May 3 completion, weather-permitting. The project had originally been set for a late March completion.
“Contractors will begin demolishing the concrete median that divides the northbound and southbound turn lanes on Tuesday and continue working overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the project is completed,” DOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland wrote in a news release.
The DOT asks drivers to plan ahead based on this road work.
“It is vital for drivers to slow down and merge over when they see the work zone arrow boards,” District Engineer Brent Cook said in the news release. “These guys will be wearing their reflective gear and working at night.”
Souder’s Asphalt of Pendergrass is working the $81,028 project.
The project is expected to help relieve traffic, particularly at the intersection.
Cars often back up on Dawsonville Highway as drivers wait to turn on Green Hill Circle and then on side roads or driveways to get to restaurants and stores.
The improvement is one of several fixes officials are looking at to help overall traffic flow on Dawsonville Highway. The road is a particularly busy commercial stretch between Ahaluna Drive and Pearl Nix Parkway.