Drivers will see detours and road closures near The Medical Center of Central Georgia beginning next week as road and sidewalk work begins.
The work will eventually improve traffic flow along Pine Street between Spring and First streets and New Street from Pine Street to Plum Street Lane.
The cost of the project work will top $1 million, according to a statement from the city of Macon. Proceeds from the special purpose sales will contribute $160,000, the state Department of Transportation is funding about $700,000, and the Medical Center is adding another $175,000.
When finished, the area will feature:
New sidewalks throughout the project area with handicapped ramps;
A median planted with trees;
Crosswalks and a pedestrian-friendly concrete improvement in the intersection of New and Pine streets;
Trees on the street instead of on-street parking; and
Designated loading zones located against the curb;
The goal is improved access and safety for the pedestrian, Wimberly Treadwell, the project manager, said in the statement. There wont be any more box trucks in the middle of the road, and medians and crosswalks will help control vehicle traffic.
During construction, there will be detours and road closures in the area. The first closing will be Pine Street from Spring to New streets. New Street will remain open, as will the section of Pine to First streets, and traffic will be rerouted to Forsyth Street. The changes are scheduled to begin Monday.
For information about parking, call 633-1490.