New Valdosta Overpass To Cause Heavy Delays For Two Years

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Valdosta, GA - Construction has already begun on a new overpass over West Hill Avenue in Valdosta. That road also serves as Highway 84, but city leaders say it will take two years to finish.

In the meantime drivers are asked to use a detour route. Some business owners caught in the middle wonder how they'll survive that long.

"There's a lot of bars and restaurants in town. So when you've got to go through a lot of road closures and road blocks to get to a place, you've got to really want to go there," said Roger Martin, Manager at "Take Five".

City leaders say the new Overpass is needed because of the high volume of trains passing through there. While Eyewitness News was out there Tuesday afternoon, a train pulled up and came to a complete stop on the tracks, delaying traffic for several minutes. A row of cars lined West Hill way down the road.

The coming detour will begin in downtown Valdosta. It will take travelers all the way down to Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd, then back up St. Augustine. It is anticipated to add about five minutes to your drive time.

There will still be one lane open going each way on West Hill, but drivers are asked to reserve that for travel to homes and businesses along that stretch of road, including bars like "Take Five".

"We're really counting on our quality, service and atmosphere to pull our customers in and try to keep them," said Martin.

You can get frequent construction updates by following the Metropolitan Planning Organization or Georgia Department of Transportation (GDot) on Facebook or Twitter.

Facebook:
MPO - facebook.com/valdostalowndesmpo
GDOT - facebook.com/georgiadot

Twitter:
@vlmpo
@gadeptoftrans

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Valdosta, GA - Construction of a new Over Pass will mean big delays for drivers.

It will be over the train tracks on West Hill Avenue in Valdosta which also serves as Highway 84. In just two weeks all lanes will be closed down but one going each way for two years. That's how long the project is expected to take.

A detour route is being opened up that drivers are asked to use.

"Local traffic can still use Highway 84 to travel to their homes, businesses, things like that," said Corey Hull, Transportation Coordinator for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission. "But they're requesting that through traffic use the posted detour signs, especially trucks, because the lanes will be smaller."

You can get frequent construction updates by following the Metropolitan Planning Organization or Georgia Department of Transportation (GDot) on Facebook or Twitter.

Facebook:
MPO - facebook.com/valdostalowndesmpo
GDOT - facebook.com/georgiadot

Twitter:
@vlmpo
@gadeptoftrans


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