AUGUSTA (WFXG) - The Georgia Department of Transportation introduced a 15.1 million dollar Gordon Highway widening project in June 2018.
The project will widen Gordon Highway to 4 travel lanes with a depressed grass median from near the City of Harlem to Fort Gordon’s proposed construction site for a new Gate 6. Traffic from Gates 2 and 3 will be re-directed to the new gate once it is complete.
GDOT said their projected growth numbers show that four lanes are necessary on Gordon Highway to accommodate traffic flow.
Kyle Collins, GDOT District 2 Communications Officer, said: “We are looking at 2500 to 3000 cars per hour during peak times during a given week that could be traversing this area between that existing gate there at Robinson Avenue going through to this new proposed gate which will roughly be northeast of Pahram Road once its all complete.”
Crews moved the gas line crossing that services the Augusta State Medical Prison.
Fort Gordon’s Gate 6 construction is scheduled to be completed before the Gordon Highway widening project, which is expected to be completed by March 2021.
Collins explained that GDOT doesn’t expect traffic problems even though Gate 6 is expected to be open before the Fort Gordon widening project is complete: “Uh I don’t think so we are working in close collaboration with all the Fort officials to make sure our schedules are aligned as closely as possible so we can support to go on and get that new gate opened and maybe there’s still some road work ongoing outside that parameter.”
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