Construction on Wynnton Road expected to be completed in August 2018

Construction on Wynnton Road expected to be completed in August 2018

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Drivers say driving along Wynnton Road in Columbus during certain times of the day can find you in the middle of slow traffic or even at a stand-still.

Drivers point to the heavy construction on the road.

"It just seems like some of them go on forever and you really don't see much of a change," says driver Tony Winterfield.

Project engineer Ryan Pruett says construction began in October 2017 and is expected to continue into August 2018. He says when it is complete, you'll see sidewalks, a new curb, pedestrian lights and landscaping with more trees. It's also expected to bring a new plaza. He says it requires a lot of underground work, but drivers say construction projects tend to last too long in the city.

"It's ridiculous. I mean something needs to be done. I don't know where Columbus money is going, but it's surely not trying to help," says one Columbus driver.

"It just seems like somebody would be doing a little more prior planning on when it's being done. It shouldn't be done in the daytime during high traffic times," says Winterfield.

Some drivers say although they understand the need for the construction, it can be dangerous during high traffic times.  Others say it's affecting businesses in the area.  

"It probably causes a lot of stress and strain for employees, employers, children, and teachers trying to get to and from school and work," says driver Danita Lloyd.

Pruett says utility relocation began in September and understands that traffic can be hard to drive through, but says the end result is worth it.

"It does seem to hamper things, but on the flip side, it's needed. There are a lot of places in town where it's needed," says Winterfield.

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