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Work under way for widening of Lanier Islands Parkway to Lanier Islands

 By Pamela A. Keene
 
The last phase of construction and widening of Lanier Islands Parkway from McEver Road to the entrance of Lanier islands is well under way. When complete, the project will feature a round-about, two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, a 14-foot center turn lane and right-turn lanes.
 
“The contracts have been let and work has begun to improve the functionality and mobility of the corridor,” said Katie Strickland with the Georgia Department of Transportation. “In fact, all the right-of-way needed was purchased in 2016 for a total of approximately $11.5 million for the 2.4-mile section.”

The road will also be pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly. It will have a 10-foot multi-use path and a separate 5-foot sidewalk. “It will provide super connectivity to such areas as Mulberry Park and Braselton,” she said. “It’s very post-millennial. People will be able to use golf carts.”  

The road will also be straightened, with a section of it constructed to the east of the existing lanes and a portion of the new roadbed has already been constructed.
 
The round-about will be installed between the former church at New Bethany Road and Big Creek Road. “The round-about will be large enough to accommodate tractor trailers,” Strickland said. “It will make it easier for people towing their boats. We don’t want people to be afraid to put their boat on a trailer and travel on Lanier Islands Parkway.” 
 
The work began in September 2017. Strickland said that rainy weather in the first quarter of 2018 slowed the construction, but that the work began in earnest in February. Target completion date is October 2019.

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