News Release: GDOT
August 27, 2014
DONALSONVILLE, Ga. – State Route 39 will open Thursday afternoon with drainage improvements that should alleviate frequent flooding that has long been an issue on a half-mile stretch of the highway south of Donalsonville.
The opening is good news for travelers planning a Labor Day weekend trip to Seminole State Park because SR 39 is a direct route from Donalsonville to the recreational area. The roadway from north of Sportsman Road to south of Drake Farm Road has been closed since construction on the Georgia Department of Transportation project began in February.
Flooding caused by the grade of the road and undersized drainage pipes frequently resulted in detours, including a six-day closure in March 2003.
“Down here when you get a pretty good rain, water is going to run off the fields. The water has to go somewhere and that being the low area, that’s where a lot of it went,” Seminole County Commissioner Darius Culverson said. His district includes the project area.
The road was raised approximately 5 feet and larger drainage pipes were installed. The grade change and the new drainage system will prevent water overtopping the roadway in a 100-year storm event. Guardrails were added on each side of the road within the project area and the shoulders were widened.
The revised completion date for the $1,136,876.25 project was Aug. 31. Contractor Oxford Construction Co. was granted a 30-day extension because an unusually rainy spring hampered construction.