Moon Road widening project to ease traffic congestion

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Congestion problems along Moon Road should soon fade away now that construction crews are redesigning the existing layout.  Work began two weeks ago on a portion of the project which includes two phases.

The north stretch between JR Allen Parkway and Veteran's Parkway on Moon Road is expanding from two to four lanes.  Crews are grading the land on acquired right-of-way clearing the way for changes.  The process is expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.

The other section involves adding three lanes with a center turn lane and sidewalks on the south end of Moon Road at Wilbur Drive near the Piggly Wiggly store.  Construction should start in 12 months.

A new traffic light will also be installed at the Knology Way and Mood Road intersection.  Drivers are ecstatic about the improvements hoping their 45 minute wait in bumper to bumper traffic will be diminished.  "It's dangerous out here.  There are a lot of accidents.  People coming can't see around the other cars as they are moving," said Michele Weed, Manager, Mark's City Grill.

Director of Planning, Rick Jones added the city anticipates traffic to flow smoother once construction is complete. "Everything developing out there particularly on the other end at Veteran's, all the development is important for us to actually do that in terms of widening that project for now," explained Jones.

Both projects are estimated at $10 million provided by LOST—Local Option Sales Tax dollars.