AUGUSTA, Ga.- Those of you who drive Berckmans Road on their daily commute may have noticed the amount of construction and road blockage going on and wondering when it’s going to be finished.
City Traffic Engineers say the project could end as early as December and as late as February. Berckmans Road is adding some brick tunnels that will be utilized for pedestrian traffic specifically during Masters tournament week.
The $11 million project is funded through the Transportation Investment Act. The three lane road will have a suicide lane, sidewalks and underground storm drainage.
The Director of Traffic Engineering for Augusta, Abie Ladson, says this project will increase traffic flow. “When you have the signals too close to each other you know it causes congestion. In this case the signals are being moved further apart which is better for traffic operation.”
There’s another new light going up on Washington Road that will connect Publix and Kroger not far from the new Berckmans’ intersection. Ladson said since Washington Road is a state highway and the light is being paid for a private entity. It’s out of the city’s hands but could cause some congestion that this project is trying to prevent.