GDOT Press Release

For Immediate Release:

February 25, 2016


Kyle Collins

District Communications


Pavement preservation on US 441 Bypass starting Monday

MADISONThe Georgia Department of Transportation next week scheduled Morgan County pavement preservation via crack sealing on US 441/State Route (SR) 24 Bypass starting Monday, Feb. 29 and ending Thursday, March 3, weather permitting. This maintenance activity requires daily northbound and southbound lane closures at various times between mile posts 0 and 4.

Crack sealing is a method of preserving roadways from deteriorating over a period of time. The sealing agent is a rubber asphalt material spread over the crack. Georgia DOT works tirelessly addressing “block” and “load” cracking caused by weather and everyday vehicle pressure.

The time to perform this activity depends on road deterioration. Crews have to walk the area on foot to ensure precise application.

On average, Georgia DOT crews can perform crack sealing from a half mile to one and a half miles on a 12-foot wide lane in a single day. Crews range from five to eight people and also include personnel for traffic control.

Look for a flagger, pilot car and arrow boards next week as the Department directs traffic to complete this scheduled maintenance in Morgan County. Heavy equipment will be entering and exiting the highway at these locations. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones.