Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Traffic is moving now on River Watch Parkway, but that will soon change.
Starting Sunday for the next three months, the inside lane will close in both directions from River Shoals Parkway to 15th Street.
Evelyn Evans knows just how bad traffic is during rush hour. “It was bad enough with both lanes open, but to go down to one, people are going to really have to start early for wherever they are going,” said Evans.
Contractors will remove the existing guardrail, replace it with a concrete median and install lighting throughout the four mile stretch.
With all the rain in the last few days, this project is also going to add some drainage systems like this one to get rid of all that.”
Wesley Teston said, “Improvements are good. I mean the economy is growing and that’s just part of a growing community.”
That growing community means more cars on the road.
The speed limit on River Watch Parkway has been dropped down to 45 miles per hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation says that’s for the safety of its workers because this has been a deadly year on Georgia’s roads.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says there are more than 1,300 traffic deaths in Georgia this year, more than in 2014.
Governor Nathan Deal released a video last week to encourage safer driving, which is something the upgrades on River Watch hope to help with.
The plan is to finish this by Thursday, March 31st, just in time for the 2016 Masters. Any remaining work will be done after Sunday, April 10th. All of the River Watch improvements are scheduled to be done by August 2016.