Press Release: Georgia Department of Transportation
ATLANTA – Summer officially begins Friday but certain things naturally occur each year to assure us it has arrived:
Yes, once again it is the Georgia Department of Transportation’s summer construction season. But despair not; the Department will be as non-disruptive as possible while making these critical improvements to the state’s transportation system.
“Whether you’re headed out on a family summer vacation, a day outing, or just going back and forth to work as usual, we understand you don’t want to be caught up in a traffic delay,” Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi notes. “At the same time, the long days and warm temperatures of summer are a very important time for us to make needed improvements and repairs to Georgia’s 18,000 miles of state and federal highways. The preventative maintenance activities we undertake in summer months save taxpayers millions of dollars in avoided reconstruction costs over the long term.
“We make every effort to minimize the impact of this work, however. Whenever it is practical, we limit roadway work and lane closures to overnights and weekends when there is less traffic,” Mastronardi says. “That isn’t possible on every project, but we always provide advance notice of our work through the news media, our free- call 511 phone system, and the 511 website: www.511ga.org.”
Mastronardi adds that out-of-state Interstate Highway System travelers can get construction and traffic information at the State’s Welcome Centers which offer both free maps and access to real-time information on construction or accident-related delays and lane closures.
As always, motorists this summer are urged to obey speed limits in general and in particular in work zones; avoid distractions; not make unnecessary lane changes; allow extra distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead in work zones; never drive while impaired; and always exercise caution.
The following are some of the Department’s potentially “motorist impactful” construction jobs underway or beginning this summer, as well as pertinent media contacts:
South & Southwest Georgia:
Construction of the I-75/Omega -Eldorado Road interchange (Exit 55) in Tift County;