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Eyes on the Road: Road marker work to cause travel delays
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Motorists can expect travel delays as the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces thousands of raised pavement markers scraped off state routes by snowplows during winter storms.

Raised pavement markers are reflective devices, usually in the center of the road, that help motorists see lane lines during low light conditions, especially at night.

Work was to begin Tuesday along Ga. 11/U.S. 129 in Gainesville, requiring lane closures.

Replacing the markers throughout Northeast Georgia will take several months to complete.

Crews are still removing debris, fallen limbs and damaged trees from rights of way, according to the DOT.

The hardest hit counties were Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Lumpkin.

February ice storms snapped trees across the region, with them dropping on roadways, private property and power lines. As result, tens of thousands of area residents were without power for several days, with many seeking refuge at temporary shelters.

Area governments’ public works crews also went into action after the storms, cleaning up downed trees.

West Hall’s McEver Road project could go out for bids in 2 weeks

Hall County officials are about to try again to get a major road rebuilding effort off the ground.

Road Projects Manager Jody Woodall said the county is hoping to have a new bid package out in a couple of weeks for major repairs to McEver Road in West Hall.

Originally, the county had hoped to start a $2.7 million rebuilding of the busy road this past summer and wrap up work this year.

But schedules changed the more officials dug into the road and a contract with C.W. Matthews on the project ended up getting pulled.

C.W. Matthews had sought nearly $600,000 in added expenses to do extra work, but the county and the contractor “could not agree to the terms of the change order,” according to a county document.

The budget is still in the $2.7 million range, Woodall said.

“We are planning to have alternates in the bid,” he said.

One of the options is full-depth reclamation, which involves pulverizing existing pavement and blending it with the base underneath, a recycling process of sorts.

McEver serves as a main artery between Oakwood and Flowery Branch, running by schools, homes, churches and businesses. The road is marked by long stretches of pavement cracking.

“The road is definitely in a condition where it needs attention,” Woodall has said.

New beams to be set on Ga. 20 bridge this week

Crews plan tonight to begin setting new pre-stressed concrete bridge beams for the new Ga. 20 bridge over the Chattahoochee River at the Forsyth-Gwinnett County border.

The plan is to set 12 beams this week, weather permitting.

Each beam is 140 feet long and 6 feet high.

The work will require closing one lane of Ga. 20 from 7 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

The 1-mile, $10.2 million project calls for widening Ga. 20 from James Burgess Road in Forsyth to Burnett Trail in Gwinnett to a four-lane divided highway with sidewalks and bridges over the Chattahoochee.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:


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