If you’ve ever driven through the King George Boulevard and GA-204 area, then you know just how much traffic can be a nightmare!
And even with some improvements in place, some commuters say their drive times haven’t gotten any better.
So News 3’s Courtney Cole reached out to the Georgia Department of Transportation for an update on the Interchange Project that you’ll only see on News 3.
Major traffic jams have become a regular part of the commute for many drivers who travel through the King George Boulevard and GA-204 area.
“We understand that it’s very frustrating when it comes to morning congestion, afternoon congestion, ” said Jill Nagel, the Georgia Department of Transportation Communications Officer for Southeast Georgia.
That’s why Nagel says construction crews and the contractor have been working diligently to finish the Interchange Roadway Project, even with a recent setback.
“We did have some delays during the Hurricane. Hurricane Matthew put us about 4 weeks behind…We’re doing a lot of Earth work, moving earth, and when you have wind and rain, it does wash a lot of that away,” Nagel told News 3.
Barring any bad weather, she says GDOT is expecting crews to be finished with construction by Summer 2017.
“When we brought this to the community, there were a lot of rear-end collisions. There was congestion [here] at King George, because this is such a huge, residential area, congestion was backing up to 17. So, this project is to alleviate the stop and go traffic at King George by building this bridge, [and] this fly over. Traffic will continue to flow, but it’s also an interchange, so you have on and off ramps.”
While these changes will improve traffic flow when the project is complete next year—you’ll be happy to know that some relief is on the way a lot sooner than that.
“In an effort to alleviate some of the morning congestion, we are going to open, in about 30 days, we’re going to open the ramp that will take morning commuters traveling northbound on King George onto the on-ramp and will merge on GA-204, eastbound,” Nagel said.
In the meantime, Nagel says there is one thing you can do to keep congestion in the area to a minimum.
“We just ask everyone to pay attention and keep a good safe distance from the cars in front of you.”
Smart Traffic Cameras are also being used to improve the flow of traffic.
As GDOT continues construction in the area, we will continue to bring you the latest on WSAV and here on WSAV.com