Work on one of Macon’s most-traveled roads is causing minor headaches for some drivers.
Each evening, crews shut down some of Riverside Drive’s lanes to repave sections that haven’t had significant work in about 13 years, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Kaitlin DeMarco isn’t one of those complaining about the resurfacing of portions of the road that connects downtown with north Macon. DeMarco said the minor inconvenience is a small price to pay for progress.
“I think it’s a good idea,” she said. “I think it’s going to make Macon look prettier when it’s done.”
On the other hand, a driver who would only identify himself as Wesley, said Wednesday afternoon that he’s aggravated with the roadwork.
“I guess any roadwork is going to be an inconvenience,” he said. “But Riverside didn’t seem to be too bad in needing work done. ... I’ve seen lots of other roads that need to be fixed more than (Riverside Drive).”
The Bibb County man said he needs to take one of the bridges that span Interstate 75 to get to his house on the east side of the highway. But roadwork closed that bridge Tuesday night, causing him to have to drive down Riverside to another bridge and take a longer route home.
The Georgia DOT’s resurfacing of portions of Riverside Drive began last week. This week, workers have resurfaced some of Riverside’s lanes near Spring Street and near Wimbish Drive.
Kimberly Larson, the state DOT’s district communications officer, said Riverside Drive hasn’t had major work done on it at those particular sections since 1997.
Work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31, she said.
Most of the paving work will be done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to keep traffic problems to a minimum.
Bill Causey, manager of Macon’s engineering department, said there hasn’t been much traffic disruption where the work is ongoing.
“They’re doing the work at night, so we haven’t had any problems,” he said.
The resurfacing work on Ga. 87, which includes Riverside Drive, will cover a stretch of nearly 9.93 miles, Larson said. The repaving began at the Twiggs County line and extends up Riverside Drive to Northside Drive.
The work also will extend to Ga. 49, which includes Shurling Drive, beginning west of Ga. 22, and will extend east to Ga. 19, which is Jeffersonville Road.
The total cost of the project is $2.33 million, Larson said. The bid was awarded to Reeves Construction, a local company, in November 2009.
Larson said the current resurfacing isn’t part of the Riverside Drive widening project, which is scheduled to begin in a couple of months.
That project will widen Riverside Drive between Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road.
In addition to the work on Riverside Drive and other portions of Ga. 87, the state is also paving portions of Ga. 11. That work is being handled by Georgia Asphalt, Larson said.
The resurfacing of Ga. 11, which includes Gray Highway, covers 5.33 miles from U.S. 41/Ga. 247 to south of the Ocmulgee River, she said. That project costs $1.27 million and also is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31.