Published Thursday, November 01, 2012
By JOHN A. WINTERS
Motorists are urged to use caution on the Newnan Crossing Bypass between Bullsboro Drive and Lower Fayetteville Road in the Ashley Park area as work began this week on rehabilitating the pavement.
CW Matthews is the contractor on the $924,544.12 project, which is being paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
Workers will be closing off various lanes throughout the project, but at least one lane in each direction should remain open. Work was going on Wednesday near the road that accesses the JC Penney store in Newnan Crossing West center across from Ashley Park.
The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest holiday shopping days of the year.
This work involves only the section between Bullsboro Drive and Lower Fayetteville Road. This project is south of the four-laning project from the Newnan Bypass/Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard to Hospital Road which was recently completed by a Georgia Department of Transportation contractor.
During this Bullsboro to Lower Fayetteville project, traffic signs will be operating in a pre-timed mode and manually adjusted to optimize traffic flow, according to City Engineer Michael Klahr. Afterward, new traffic detectors will be installed and all signals along the bypass linked to maximize traffic flow.
The work involves milling the existing pavement structure in the travel lanes to a depth of 4.5 inches and in the turn lanes to a depth of 1.5 inches, and constructing one or more courses of bituminous plant mixture on the prepared milled roadway surface, Klahr said.
The contractor is expected to do most of the work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., although there are no time restrictions.
This section of the Newnan Crossing Bypass was originally opened to traffic in 2003. About 17,000 vehicles use it on a daily basis.