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Old 09-02-2015, 12:32 PM
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I think this SPLOST may be the most important in the city's history. I Think the mayor and commissioners need to be out promoting this SPLOST. If doesn't pass it won't be the end of the world, but it will be harder for the city to get necessary infrastructure work done on time.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:47 PM
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GDOT givig an update on TIA projects...
Columbia County and GDOT met today to discuss more roadwork set to start in the county.

"The TIA program helped us get ahead of that. Right now we're 200 million worth of road projects expected in the next 8 years in Columbia County through the SPLOST and the TIA program," said Schlachter.

Flowing Wells, Lewiston Road, and Fury's Ferry Road projects will be funded through the second phase of the TIA funding that kicks in January 1st. By then, county officials hope to have all pre-planning done, and should be ready to go with plans.

"Growing pains are something we're going to experience but hopefully, 8 years from now, people will look back and say it was worth every penny we spent and worth every minute we sat on the road waiting, but now we have a great product," said Schlachter.

As for the Beckman's, they're ready to see the end result.
GDOT and Columbia County talk upcoming TIA road projects
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:33 PM
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John C. Calhoun makeover....
Richmond County Assistant Engineering Director Steve Cassell announced during a Georgia Department of Transportation meeting that next year the Calhoun would be one of many projects getting some long overdue beautification.

“Rehab the pavement, do some patching work, grind it, make it more consistent. Also, rebuild the shoulders, clean up the barrier wall, improve the lighting out there and get more decorative fixtures,” he said of the 1969 expressway.

St. Luke Street, which runs parallel to the Calhoun Expressway is another reason to clean up the area. It’s currently being used to illegally dump tires.

“It’s old and it needs to be rehabbed. It has got some age to it. It’s showing its age. There is a lot of mildew on the walls. It’s nice to give it a good face lift and freshen up the appearance as you come into downtown,” he said.

As for when the work will begin, Cassell told us nothing would happen until after the second week in April. He estimates the cost to beautify will be $7 million.
Get Ready For A Beautiful Ride Down Calhoun Expressway | WJBF-TV
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:59 PM
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ne of the most traveled roads in Aiken County could be on its way to much needed improvements. From the Aiken area all the way down to the Savannah River Site – county, city, and state entities are trying to see how to make Whiskey Road a better, and safer, commute for residents.

“Whiskey Road is a major thoroughfare for our community – all the way from the gates of SRS, just below New Ellenton, all the way to downtown Aiken,” said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian.

Now the county is leading an effort to conduct a study about how to make the Whiskey Road commute an easier one.

“The different entities – the state, the county, the city and the town have all done studies on different areas of whiskey road and run into some stumbling blocks,” said Aiken County Council member Camille Furgiuele.

The hope is that a team effort will get things done this time around with a study that’s financed through state and local funds.

“I think what we’re trying to do is make sure that everybody wants to do a full comprehensive plan of what they’d like to see along whiskey road,” said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian.

From sidewalks that come to a dead end to other roadway infrastructure, one if the big goals of the study are to improve drainage along Whiskey Road – something Furgiuele said is a safety concern.
State, local entities meeting to discuss Whiskey Road improvements study | NBC26.tv
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:52 PM
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Still no bids for the Butt Bridge...
Steve Cassell, Augusta’s assistant director of traffic engineering, said Monday that no contractor submitted a bid last week to refurbish four local bridges, including one crossing Rocky Creek at Milledgeville Road and three going over the Augusta Canal at 11th, 15th and Broad streets.
He said that for the second time in six months, the city will restart the bidding process today for a project already running 10 months behind schedule.
“There’s (a lot) of work out there right now, and bridges are specialized and challenging jobs,” Cassell said of the possible reasons for the lack of bids.
In April 2014, Cassell declared restoring Au*gusta’s Butt Bridge to be one of the “most exciting projects” he has worked on, saying Tuscan-style columns would be restored and bike lanes and sidewalks added to the historic structure after its deck was stabilized.
The project was initially planned to start in January, estimated to cost $1.5 million in state sales-tax dollars and hailed as a way to honor one of the city’s native sons on the bridge’s 100th birthday.
Since then, however, the city’s enthusiasm has yet to be reflected in the bidding process, with only one contractor – JHC Corp., based in Peachtree City, Ga. – making an offer in May to restore the 15th Street overpass.
That $2 million bid was $500,000 over budget and resulted in the city combining the Butt Bridge restoration efforts with improvement of three other bridges to generate more interest and lower costs.
Expanded bridge project list draws no bids | The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:20 AM
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The Washington Rd widening project is 25% complete. The whole project should be complete by late 2017...
Washington Road widening project 25% complete
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Old 10-13-2015, 04:31 PM
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“The road will be widened to a three lane roadway. It will have two-way left turn lanes and and the current one way through traffic,” said Augusta’s Director of Engineering Abie Ladson.

Ladson says they’re adding underground storm draining and unlike the original Berckmans Road, this one will have sidewalks and tunnels to enhance pedestrian traffic to and from Augusta National Golf Club.

Even though the land is predominately utilized during the Masters Tournament Ladsen says this is an $11 million project paid for by the Transportation Investment Act.

“They’re [Augusta National Golf Club] not actually working on the project. We’re actually overseeing and constructing the project so the bid and everything was done through Augusta,” said Ladsen.
Berckmans Road will have three lanes, safe pedestrian crossing over road | NBC26.tv
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:27 PM
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This Wrightsboro Road traffic in Grovetown is nothing compared with what goes on during peak hours. Cars in the turning lane can get backed up nearly a mile. Grovetown’s Planning and Community Development Director Frank Neal says change is coming.

“It’s one continuous stacked up traffic lane. One. With this, you’re going to have multiple turning lanes so folks that are turning will be able to get out of that center turn lane and that turning lane is going to be longer so you’ll have more room for those cars to stack up to and not slow down that thru traffic,” said Neal.

The city is working toward becoming more pedestrian friendly by adding sidewalks and lights. Neal says this Wrightsboro Road project will cost $3,000,000. It’s one of two funded by the Transportation Investment Act, which have been in the works for two years.

“The Fort has grown as the community in this region has grown in the County. We’ve seen an increase in traffic throughout the years,” said Neal.

Grovetown’s gateway to Fort Gordon is Robinson Avenue. It sees around 15,000 to 16,000 vehicles a day. Robinson will get upgrades worth $8,000,000.

The Robinson project is an effort to eventually develop a downtown area that city currently lacks.

“It’s going to be a widening project with turning lanes a majority of the length. There will be some decorative islands right here in the center core which is part of our redevelopment plan to really create a downtown development area so we think that’s really going to be an attractive place,” said Neal.

Construction will start between January and February. Neal asks drivers to be patient and hold on tight because the next 24 months after that could be a bumpy ride.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better. We feel like in the end it’s definitely going to be a major benefit to the community and I think the Robinson Avenue project in particular is going to be a major enhancement for this community like we’ve never seen before,” said Neal.
Grovetown road work: "It's going to get worse before it gets better"
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Old 12-09-2015, 06:04 PM
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Band 1 kept the Augusta Engineering department extremely busy in recent months as city staff are assigned to manage 22 of the 34 Augusta projects, Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said.
The projects included four road resurfacings, 15 roadway projects, eight bridges, five traffic control projects, one involving public transit and two at airports, he said.
Augusta Band 1 projects totaled $97 million, but “blended” projects – using TIA as well as state or federal dollars – bring the total to about $150 million in road construction under way or about to be, Cassell said.
“That’s a lot,” he said. “If you’re frustrated with barrels right now, look out. It’s going to be rough.”
Across the 13-county region, bids have been awarded to contractors in all but two of Band 1’s 49 projects, said Kelvin Mullins, TIA administrator for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Bids for those two projects – Robinson Avenue in Grovetown and Windsor Spring Road Phase 5 in Augusta – will be awarded by year’s end, he said.
Traffic was backed up in the busy Fort Gordon suburb Wednesday. But work on Robinson, a two-year project, will likely increase congestion, Mullins said.
“It’ll get worse in Grovetown before it gets better,” he said.
Overall, Band 1 projects are $10 million under budgeted amounts, Mullins said.
The tax has raised $174 million, including $44 million or 25 percent, distributed to counties for discretionary roadway spending, he said.
Other Band 1 TIA projects in Columbia County include improvements to Wrightsboro Road around Grovetown and the extension of Riverwatch Parkway.
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross called TIA “the best thing that’s happened to us transportation-wise in a number of years.”
State and local officials will celebrate the completion of one of Augusta’s larger projects receiving TIA funds at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a ribbon cutting.
Transportation sales tax hits three-year milestone | The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:12 PM
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The inside lane on Riverwatch Parkway will be closed from River Shoals Parkway to 15th Street so that a drainage system, concrete median and lighting can be installed. The work will start this Sunday and last until the end of March.

Lanes to Close Until Masters Week for River Watch Parkway Construction | WJBF-TV
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