GDOT Urging motorists to be cautious in work zones as King George Blvd. project enters new Phase

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WSAV-TV) – Drivers that take a major road need to be on high alert this weekend. Highway 204 in Georgetown is going through a major lane shift.

In 2015, nearly 30 people died in car crashes along work zones in Georgia. Georgia DOT officials are urging caution and patience now with big changes coming to one of Chatham counties busiest intersections.

“Please put down your cell phones and pay attention to the speed limit,” says Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson Jill Nagel.

Those are a couple of pleas Georgia DOT officials ask of motorists following several work zone car crashes across the state. Two of those accidents left one worker hurt and another dead.

“When you’re in a work zone we need you to have the mindset that this can be your loved one that is out there working. We’ve got to keep these guys safe just like we want to keep everyone safe on Georgia highways,” Nagel adds.

Drivers will need to drive with extra caution this weekend and in the coming weeks as the 204 and King George boulevard intersection redirects traffic. GDOT workers will move both east and west bound lanes form the normal stretch of 204 to behind the construction on a four lane on and off ramp.

“The main line of 204 will be barricaded and that’s when construction of the bridge will happen,” says the spokesperson.

Phase 2 is underway for the King George boulevard and highway 204 intersection. road work has entered its peak. Given these latest accidents in work zones, heightened police presence will be in place for the change over in traffic lanes.

“They will also be directing traffic because we’re going to have to shut down the signal on 204, there’s just going to be a lot  of activity and once we start this we can’t stop,” says Nagel.

Traffic and frustration will come with the change. For everyone’s safety it would be best to seek alternate routes.

“If you can avoid 204 and King George, this weekend would be the weekend to do that,” Nagel says.

Nagel with the DOT adds the initial transfer of traffic will take one or two days. In that time a new intersection as well as road surfacing will be completed for the new detour of 204. By the end of the weekend, GDOT expects to have a four lane east and west bound flow of traffic away from the 204, King George intersection as bridge work begins.

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