Crews from E.R. Snell Contracting returned back to work on the State Route 172 resurfacing project on Monday.
According to Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope, work has been completed on the two foot shoulder widening portion of the work that took place in July.
She says the addition of those shoulders automatically make the highway much safer.
“Those paved shoulders will greatly increase safety all along the corridor because right now you only have a few inches of paved road on the other side of the outer line”, explained Pope. “This extra two feet of width will give more recovery area, and in other areas where we have done this; it has greatly improved safety and resulted in few crashes.”
With work resuming, crews are now focused on patching damaged sections of the roadway.
The plan is for patching to go from Bowman to the Broad River, and then crews will head back to Bowman and work their way towards Hartwell, GA.
Motorists traveling through the area should use caution, reduce speed, and be alert to changing traffic conditions.
The roughly seventeen mile long project is expected to be complete before the Georgia DOT construction season ends in November.