Highway 78 roadwork enters new phase

SNELLVILLE - Work on the U.S. Highway 78 construction project moves into a new phase today and that means two sections down and two still to go.

More importantly, it also means one more section of reversible lanes is slated to disappear. For Section 3, which the project is now entering, that's from Killian Hill Road to Highpoint Road.

"As of 5 a.m. today weather permitting, the reversible lane system will be removed from this section," said Teri Pope, a Department of Transportation spokesperson. "That will leave reversible lanes operational in the last section of the project from Highpoint Road to Georgia Highway 124."

Pope added that as of this morning, there will be two lanes eastbound toward Snellville, three lanes westbound into Atlanta and a center turn lane from Killian Hill Road to Highpoint Road. She also had some updates to provide on the first two sections of the project.

"The first two sections are almost complete except for work continuing at the signal at Ross Road and the intersection with Jessica Daron Court," Pope said. "But work will only occur on Jessica Daron Court and not 78 so it won't impact traffic much."

Pope said crews will continue working, weather permitting, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekends. She also said once the entire project is completed, those first two sections along with the other two will receive a final topping of asphalt and their permanent stripes.

According to the Evermore 78 Community Improvement District's Executive Director Brett Harrell, the feedback he's received so far on the two-year, $31.4 million project has been largely positive.

"The traffic flows better, the area is more attractive and the road is now safer," Harrell said. "And for the most part area businesses have been happy because most of the work is being done at night which means less disruptions during business hours."

Harrell also said the project is now slightly ahead of its scheduled completion date of Nov. 30.