For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2017

Contact: 

Kyle Collins

District Communications

478.232.3331

Greene and Putnam County…                               

Lake Oconee Parkway maintenance to continue affecting traffic

GREENSBORO- Starting last week, a Georgia Department of Transportation district bridge crew began preserving Lake Oconee Parkway/State Route (SR) 44 near Interstate 20. Eventually crack sealing work will move toward Putnam County in various locations and end near SR 16 in Eatonton.

Right now a flagging and pilot car operation is running around Carey Station Road. Due to SR 44 traffic, the closures are one-mile long.

Expect delays in the coming weeks Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depending on weather conditions, the maintenance activity could last one month.

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.

Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra distance between vehicles; read signs; obey road crew flaggers; and expect the unexpected.

Citizens should monitor 511ga.org or download the App to stay current on all upcoming lane closures. Georgia DOT East on Facebook and @GDOTEastTraffic on Twitter also provide daily updates.

Please see photos from today’s crack sealing near the entrance to Harbor Club on Lake Oconee heading back toward Carey Station Road.