DOT Starting Road Work in Franklin Co.

Work is underway on a resurfacing project in Franklin County.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said work was set to start last week on State Route 59 and the State Route 77 Connector in Franklin County.

E.R. Snell Contracting of Snellville is resurfacing nearly seven miles of State Route 59 from Brown Road to Wright’s Branch Road and over five miles of State Route 77 Connector from State Route 77 to east of State Route 59.

State DOT officials say that the work plan will complete one phase of work on State Route 59, then move to the State Route 77 Connector and complete that same phase of work.

There will be a total of four phases of work.

The DOT says Phase One is widening for additional two feet wide shoulders on each side of the roadway.  After that, Phase Two is removing badly damaged sections of asphalt and replacing them with patches of new base and binder.   Phase Three is resurfacing the roadway and Phase Four is applying the smooth driving surface.

Work hours will be between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, when weather permits.

The DOT does say that while crews are working in school zones, work will end at 2:30 p.m. and work will end at 4 p.m. when crews are working in downtown Lavonia.

Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith says that once work is done, the addition of paved shoulders will greatly improve the safety of both State Route 59 and State Route 77 Connector by giving motorists a recovery area to regain control of their vehicle without leaving the grade of the roadway, reducing the number of crashes.