This stimulus funded project focusing on safety enhancements is one of more than 300 active projects. The Georgia Department of Transportation has received more than $1 billion in funding for projects throughout the state from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
"It's safety and intersection improvements at various locations on [Highway] 41 from Cobb County to past Grassdale and north of Cartersville," said Mohammed Arafa, GDOT communications specialist.
Intersection improvements include adding turn lanes at 27 intersections and 10 median crossovers as well as 14 traffic signals. Turn lanes will be improved by constructing median crossovers including additional turn lanes. The medians being constructed, known as type "B" or flush medians, were chosen for their ability to improve sight distance by leveling the median and reduce accidents by separating turning vehicles from through traffic.
"It helps the flow of traffic, you don't stop behind the car that is turning because it has it's own lane," Arafa said. "Of course if you're not careful, any crossover could be unsafe. Safety is not just a road factor."
He added that three factors are looked at in each road safety study conducted after traffic accidents to determine what could be improved: the driver, the vehicle and the road.
The project spans a total length of 15.15 miles at a cost of $12,346,273. The contractor for this project is C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. with $4,439,201 expended to date according to the GDOT website. The scheduled start date was Aug. 18, 2009, and the scheduled completion date is May 31, 2011.
"The project is about 75 percent complete and it is on schedule. If we get some cooperation from mother nature the project will be done on time and budget. It's definitely going to be done on budget," Arafa said. "The project is still on schedule, in fact it's a little bit ahead of schedule."
For more information on GDOT projects, visit www.dot.ga.us.