Resurfacing way ahead schedule

Good news for commuters traveling to and from Leesburg along U.S. 19 between north of 21st Avenue in Dougherty County to just north of Jordan Road in Lee County.

Since March 20th, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Oxford Construction Company have been resurfacing the roadways.

As of Wednesday, this eight-mile resurfacing project is on track to finish ahead of schedule. The original completion date was June 30.

If the weather continues to be good, it is possible it will be finished by the end of this month (maybe even by the middle of next week).

All of the main paving is finished and temporary road striping has been put down. The new asphalt has to cure for 30 days before the contractor can put down permanent striping, but that will not require any road closures.

At this time the contractor, Oxford Construction Co., is doing touch-up work on deceleration lanes, acceleration lanes, turn lanes and side streets, and cleaning up curbs and gutters. A single lane closure northbound will remain in place until that is finished. Right now the lane closure is between the Kinchafoonee Creek to just past Cedric Street in Lee County.

The cost is $3,316.075.44. GDOT and the contractor tried to minimize traffic interruptions by doing some work at night, avoiding morning rush hour and doing resurfacing in the Leesburg area while the Lee County School System was on spring break.