ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Business owner concerns trigger a change in plans for the Stuart Avenue street project in Albany. Construction will now begin a week later than originally planned on October 13th.
And the work on the retail end of Stuart will only be done at night between 7 pm and 6 am.
Also under the new plan the street will remain open to two way traffic so businesses aren't impacted. "We'll never close the road completely. It'll always have two lane traffic there. It will not interrupt the retail business on the west end of the project," said Phil Roberson, Asst. City Mgr.
The project will begin on the West end of Stuart at Dawson and work back east. Once it gets to the residential area of Stuart work will be done during daylight hours.
The huge street replacement project will cost more than one million dollars and is expected to be complete by early 2015.
The city of Albany provided this release-
Oxford Construction Company will commence reconstruction of sections of Stuart Avenue. In order to allow for traffic to flow between Nottingham Way and Dawson Road, they will only close two lanes at a time with work in the area being performed from the hours of 7:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M.
Motorists are advised to slow down or seek alternate routes if possible to avoid the construction. Motorists should slow down and exercise caution during the daytime period after work commences because disturbed sections of the roadway will only have graded aggregate base (GAB) reinstalled for the road surface. This will be a stone surface, not asphalt surface.
Access to businesses in the area will still be available during daytime hours. As the reconstruction areas are completed in this area, asphalt will be placed over the GAB to provide a smoother traveling surface. Additional releases will be provided as the work progresses to the east towards Nottingham Way and the work times and sequencing changes.