(UPDATE 1:20 P.M. All lanes of traffic on Hwy. 27 in Pennville are back open).
Watch for traffic delays around Chattooga County today and the coming weeks.
Construction workers with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Power are working on various projects. This morning the DOT is restricting Hwy. 27 to one-lane of traffic (northbound lanes) from the Save-A-Lot Shopping Center to Dot Johnson Drive in Pennville. (UPDATE 1:20 P.M. All lanes of traffic on Hwy. 27 in Pennville are back open).
Northwest Georgia Paving Inc., is also scheduled to start work on the new turning lane at Gore Fire Hall Road and Unity Church Road. It is expected to be completed in 30 days.
The money from the project is part of the DOT’s Quick Response Program and it will cost $184,926 to install, according to the DOT.
The contractor will construct right turn lanes on Hwy. 27 north and southbound sides at its intersection with Gore Fire Hall Road and Unity Church Road in order to enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic at this intersection.
“Upon completion, this Quick Response project will help improve the flow of traffic on SR 1, make it safer and help the public get where they need to go in Chattooga County,” said DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.
Work on this project will occasionally require lane closures. The lane closures will be limited to the hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists should be aware of the advanced warning signs and watch out for contractor personnel and vehicles in this work zone.
The Quick Response Program supports low cost operational projects on the State Route system such as restriping, intersection improvements, turn lane additions and extensions. These projects can be implemented in a short period of time and typically cost less than $200,000. They generally stay within the state right-of-way and require little if any utility relocation.
Quick Response projects are identified by Georgia DOT staff and managed through the Office of Local Grants.