Over the next eight months, area motorists could be affected by major resurfacing projects involving two key Gainesville traffic arteries.
The good news is work is scheduled to take place 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays through Sundays. outside of rush hour.
However, “nighttime intermittent single-lane closures” are expected, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Pittman Construction Co. of Conyers will be resurfacing Queen City Parkway/Ga. 60, beginning south of Interstate 985 and extending to Jesse Jewell Parkway/Ga. 369.
The second project will take place on John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway/Ga. 53 between Jesse Jewell and McEver Road.
Overall, the projects cover about 4 miles and are scheduled for completion in March, according to DOT.
The roads are heavily traveled during the day.
“That’s why it’s mandatory they can only do (work) in the evening (or later),” DOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland said.
As it is, “there’s going to be congestion, there’s going to be delays,” she said. “We just ask that people understand this is a much-needed (project). Hopefully, the paving will be done before March.”
"These two projects are going to give the traveling public a smooth ride,” District Engineer Brent Cook said.
The DOT says that drivers should be especially alert as “this work will require workers to be in close proximity to traffic.”