Veterans Parkway Road Work Causing Traffic Troubles

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Bumper to bumper traffic. That's what drivers found themselves stuck in in Harris County and Columbus Wednesday.

"The sign was up across from my house to expect delays. Well, golly gee bob we're clear below Cataula," said commuter Shirley Sallas.

In all, 24 miles of Highway 27 from Northside High School in Columbus thru Harris County to the Troup County line are being paved one side at a time.

"The workers are trying to stay out of the morning rush hour of people trying to get to work so our crews are starting to work at 8:30-9 o'clock in the morning and with the extended daylight hours, we're trying to work until dark, until 8 or 9 o'clock at night," said Kimberly Larson, Communications Officer for the GA DOT, District 3.

And as they wait their turn to go thru the construction, there's something a lot of drivers are wondering.

"I think they should be here at night since this is one way traffic like they do in Atlanta with big head lights," said commuter Toni Connors.

GA DOT officials say crews are working day side because it's safer.

"At night, because of the reflectivity that we've got on vests, signage and equipment, it's just not as suitable to have motorists going thru there," explained Larson.

So a word to the wise...

"If you're in a hurry to go somewhere, you'd better go the interstate or go an alternate route because we've been here about twenty minutes," suggested commuter Keith Hardman.

Crews are expected to be working on Highway 27 five to six days a week depending on the weather for the next four months.

Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route.

If you do have to pass thru, you're asked to slow down for the sake of crews along the roadway.