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Lanier Islands Parkway widening won’t be done Oct. 31 as expected. Here’s why
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The widening of Lanier Islands Parkway from McEver Road to Lanier Islands is set for completion Oct. 31. - photo by Scott Rogers

Widening Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 from McEver Road to Lanier Islands is taking longer than state transportation officials had expected.

The $10.4 million project is now expected to be finished in February. It had been set for completion on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Slowing the project was a delay in the approval of an Army Corps of Engineers permit for Atlanta Gas Light utilities relocation, said Katie Strickland, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

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Orange barrels line portions of the newly widened Lanier Islands Parkway from McEver Road to Lanier Islands. The widening project is set for completion Oct. 31. - photo by Scott Rogers

As a result, the contractor was granted a 93-day time extension and won’t face any penalties for going past the original completion date, she said.

“The contractor couldn’t control the timeline of the utility relocation,” Strickland said.

Otherwise, construction work is humming up and down the corridor, and much of it is finished, including a roundabout at Big Creek Road.

“We are currently in the final stage of construction and (contractor) CMES has informed me they are scheduling the final layer of asphalt to be installed in late November,” Strickland said. “Currently, we are installing a lot of concrete (areas), which include sidewalk, curb and driveways.”

Work is moving along quickly overall, she added.

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Crews continue working on portions of the newly widened Lanier Islands Parkway from McEver Road to Lanier Islands. The project is set for completion Oct. 31. - photo by Scott Rogers

“By January, you’re going to tell it’s getting done,” Strickland said.

Work began in late summer 2017 to widen the road from two to three lanes, adding a center turn lane along the 2.4-mile stretch, a 10-foot multi-use path on one side of the road and a 5-foot sidewalk on the other.

The road project also marks the final phase of a multi-phase effort by the state to improve Ga. 347 between Lanier Islands and Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211 in Braselton.

Lanier Islands Parkway has already been widened from McEver to Interstate 985. And Friendship Road — as Ga. 347 is known east of I-985 — has been widened to Ga. 211.

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