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Lanier Islands Parkway traffic shifted to new lanes

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
Safety constraints caused a delay of the traffic shift onto the new section of Lanier Islands Parkway, initially slated for early July. The Georgia Department of Transportation had originally announced a date of July 2 for opening the new road, but because of the July 4 holiday, the opening was delayed until July 15. 
 
The road was set to open July 29 and traffic would then shift to the new lanes.
 
“We delayed a second time to ensure that all the safety elements were in place, including signs, striping and guardrails,” said Katie Strickland, GaDOT’s District One communications officer. “The issue was installing the section of guardrails on top of the concrete wall along the new roadway. It required field adjustments so the opening was postponed.”
 
Coming from the lake, the shift begins at Holiday Marina and ends at Shoreland Drive. The new section includes a new roundabout at Big Creek and Bethany Creek roads.
 
Now that the on the guardrail is complete, the traffic has been routed onto the new construction. The old roadbed will be removed and Strickland said that GaDOT will work with property owners to tie in driveways with the new route.
 
The work began in the summer of 2017 to widen Ga. 347 from McEver Road to Lanier Islands, increasing the roadway from two to three lanes and installing the roundabout. The $10.4 million  project also includes a 10-foot-wide multi-use path on one side and a 5-foot sidewalk on the other.

“The original road was designed by considering the topography of the land, and with our technology today, we have been able to create a straighter route,” she said. “The road is now wider and safer.”

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