Lanes to close to replace 'battered' asphalt

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lanes of Beaver Ruin Road will be closed this week so crews can replace asphalt damaged by a nearby rock quarry.

The asphalt is "worn and rutted due to heavy vehicles" from the Vulcan Materials quarry, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation press release.

DOT spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said crews will work Tuesday and Wednesday night to replace the "battered" asphalt with stronger concrete.

Chuck Michael, the plant manager at the 50-year-old Vulcan Materials quarry, said he thought the replacement would help keep the trucks from spilling their loads, since the road would be smoother.

But he said the business operations aren't doing any more damage than what is on an interstate's truck lane.

"The quarry trucks don't weigh any more than a fuel truck. I guess it's the number of trucks," Michael said. "Considering how many trucks go in and out, it's not that bad."

The DOT work will require several days of lanes closing, because concrete poured overnight will have to cure the following day.

The work will begin at 7 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Wednesday at Beaver Ruin Road and Dolomite Drive/Park Drive to remove and replace the inside two lanes. Those inside lanes will remain closed Wednesday to allow the concrete to harden.

Then beginning Wednesday night, work crews will remove and replace the outside two lanes of Beaver Ruin Road. Those inside lanes will remain closed Thursday.

If weather permits, the road will be fully opened by Friday morning, Paulk-Buchanan said.