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Road work to begin at Spring/Beltline

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com· 340-2395

Crews will begin a road improvement project this week designed to alleviate traffic at Spring Avenue and Beltline Road Southwest.

APAC Southeast Contractors will begin preparing the busy intersection with warning signs Wednesday and possibly begin work Thursday, the city Engineering Department said.

Motorists can expect the intersection to be closed to one lane of traffic at times.

The $266,000 project is intended to improve traffic flow at the intersection frequently laden with residential, church and retail traffic from one of the city’s largest shopping centers.

The city has been ready to work on the project since November, but decided to wait till after the holidays to accommodate shoppers.

The project will double the capacity with two lanes dedicated for left turns and two lanes for crossing straight through the intersection, as well as a right-turn lane.

With only one through lane, traffic frequently backs up south past Wimberly Drive. The city also plans to adjust the traffic signal to let north and south traffic on Spring Avenue move simultaneously.

To squeeze in the new lanes, workers must reduce the size of the traffic islands, move poles for traffic signals and paint new striping.

APAC has 150 days to finish the work.

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