UPDATE: Riverwatch Parkway Repaving and Median Barrier Project Has Started

A facelift in the works for Riverwatch Parkway and no surprise, but progress could come with a price for local drivers.

UPDATE:  Starting Monday, November 2nd, the Riverwatch Parkway project will move into its next phase.

One lane on both sides of Riverwatch from 15th Street to River Shoals Parkway will be shut down.

This happening everday from 9 a-m to 4 p-m.

Crews are putting a new storm drain system in the area.

So, if you plan to go this way expect delays and please slow down.

The lanes will open again Saturday, November 7th.

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Augusta, Georgia –  Starting Monday, Oct. 26th, and through Friday, Oct. 30th, only one lane on both sides of Riverwatch Parkway will be open. Drivers will now have to slow down to 45 miles per hour.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the reduced speed limit is only temporary for the median barrier and repaving projects.

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Augusta, Georgia – There is a new speed limit on Riverwatch Parkway. Drivers will now have to slow down to 45 miles per hour.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the reduced speed limit is only temporary, during the median barrier and repaving projects. Starting Monday, Oct. 26th, and through Friday, Oct. 30th, only one lane on each side of the road will be open. The $9.2 million dollar project is set to be finished by July of next year.

For the most up-to-date information on road closures, detours, and construction you can call 511 or follow @GDOTEastTraffic on Twitter.

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Augusta, Georgia – A facelift in the works for Riverwatch Parkway and no surprise, but progress could come with a price for local drivers.

The changes will happen along the well-traveled state highway between 15th Street, in Augusta, and Baston Road, in Columbia County. News Channel 6 has the latest on the project.

The $9.2 million project got the final approval last Tuesday and the Georgia Department of Transportation tells News Channel 6 they could begin as early as Monday.

A future larger concrete median barrier, will replace the current 3.1 miles of metal guard rail. A Department of Transportation spokesperson says the new median along with repaving Riverwatch Parkway is proof of the one-cent transportation sales tax at work.

“T-SPLOST is what was passed in 2010 and that became the TIA, the Transportation Investment Act Program,” said Karen Judd, Transportation Investment Act Communication Specialist, said.

A facelift in the works for Riverwatch Parkway and no surprise, but progress could come with a price for local drivers.
A facelift in the works for Riverwatch Parkway and no surprise, but progress could come with a price for local drivers.

If you drive along Riverwatch, you’ve likely already noticed construction barrels and traffic cones. That’s part of the expansion into Columbia County, but this project impacts the existing portion of Riverwatch.

“This project is a lot of work. There are several Riverwatch projects and other projects in the area and that will have an impact on traffic, but it will definitely be well worth the wait and something to keep in mind too, is that our contractors are required to be responsible on how they control traffic. That is part of their contract. So in every possible way they are going to make sure that people will still be able to get around as much as possible.”

Even so, drivers say they’re worried about how these projects will impact their daily commutes.

“Because I have it timed. From my door to the hospital it takes me exactly an hour. So now I’ve got to be able to get there because I want to sleep as much as I can. I’ve got to be able to find a quick way so I can have it timed out,” said Kimberly Anderson, an employee of University Hospital.

“Depending on what time they pave it. That could be problematic it does back up in the mornings and especially in the afternoon driving home. I would probably look for other ways to go home.” Chelsea Shugars, a medical student, told News Channel 6.

A construction manager tells News Channel 6 during the barrier installation the speed limit on Riverwatch will temporarily be reduced to 45 miles per hour and during resurfacing some lanes will be closed down.

For the most up-to-date information on road closures, detours, and construction you can call 511 or follow @GDOTEastTraffic on Twitter.

G-DOT says the entire project is set to be completed by July 31st, 2016, but the median barrier will be completed before The Masters.

 

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