BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) - GDOT wants you to be aware of some speed limit changes on Highway 133.
The speed limit has dropped to 45 mph in parts of Brooks County and 35 mph in parts of Colquitt County as GDOT works to widen the road. Workers cleared brush along 133 in Brooks County near the Lowndes County line on Thursday and burned it to make way for the eventual widening of the road.
"Primarily, what we're wanting people to know right now is that the construction zones are active and the speed limits have reduced in those areas," stated Nita Birmingham, public information officer with GDOT. The current construction zone in Brooks County stretches the first seven miles of 133 heading towards Morven from Lowndes County. The goal is to add one lane to each side of the road and turn lanes as needed. In Colquitt County, where 133 is already four lanes, GDOT plans to make more superficial changes.
"In Colquitt County, we're looking at putting in a flush median with turn lanes as needed and putting in curbs and gutters and sidewalks," Birmingham explained. They've also taken the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie into account, which typically generates a lot of traffic on 133. "It is part of the contract with the contractor that they cannot do any equipment moving, no lane closures, nothing like that, to interrupt traffic or impact traffic during that expo."
Birmingham said the project will likely help increase the economic value of the cities along 133 once the work is done. "Companies do look at what kind of infrastructure that you have and certainly if you've got an improved road, a four lane road versus a two lane," she pointed out.
Work is expected to be completed in Brooks and Colquitt Counties in the Summer of 2016, but there's no timetable yet for the other seven sections GDOT plans to work on.