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DOT to complete turn lanes in August or September

New turn lanes being constructed through Barnesville will not be complete for quite a while ‘“ so drivers need to continue to be careful in the work zone. It will be August or September before the roads are relined. New signals are scheduled to be in place by September or October. The final topping of asphalt should be applied in fall as well. *************** ©The Herald Gazette/barnesville.com: This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail news@barnesville.com. *************** ’We were made aware of the issue of motorists weaving in and out of the barrels that are currently blocking them from using the turn lanes, to make turns,’ said Department of Transportation communications officer Kimberly Larson. ‘We’ve placed more barrels closer together to deter motorists from this unsafe practice.’ In addition, Georgia has a new law on the books that increases the fines for speeding in work zones. The project runs from the beginning of the four-lane in Lamar County, just south of Barnesville, and will run through Pike and Spalding counties. It consists of left and right turn lanes at 29 intersections and nine median crossovers on state route 7/U.S. Highway 41. Work will end at Highway 42, also known as Airport Road or Kalamazoo Drive, in Griffin. ’Signal systems at three intersections will be upgraded to comply with the new turn lanes,’ said Larson. ‘No additional right of way and no major utility relocations were required for this project.’ The project was awarded to C.W. Matthews for $12,983,321.18. A notice to proceed was issued to Matthews on July 7, 2011 and the estimated completion date for this work is Nov. 20.

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