Work begins on highway resurfacing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction crews began work Wednesday on what is expected to be a six-week road-widening and resurfacing project on Ga. Highway 124.

Construction on the $1.3 million project will extend from Ga. Highway 53 in Braselton to Ga. Highway 11/U.S. Highway 129 in Jefferson, a 9.6-mile stretch.

Pittman Construction of Conyers has been contracted to do the work.

In addition to resurfacing the highway, 2-feet wide paved shoulders will be added to the road.

"These wider shoulders give drivers a recovery area if they run out of the road," said Teri N. Pope, Georgia Department of Transportation district communications officer. "It is a safety feature."

Work is expected to resume Monday and will occur weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as weather permits, Pope said.

While no schools are directly on Ga. 124, Pope said three area schools, Gun Springs Elementary, West Jackson Middle School and Jackson County High School, will be affected by the project.

Work crews will use pilot cars, Pope said, to guide vehicles through the work zone.