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Traffic to shift in downtown Winder

WINDER — The concrete panels that will become the new roadway surface on Broad Street in Winder will be put into place Tuesday night.

Road crews will also shift traffic Monday, as part of the nearly $5 million project to rebuild Ga. Highway 11/Broad Street from the ground up.

On Monday night, Broad Street will be restriped from the railroad track to Athens Street, allowing crews to begin excavating the roadway and rebuilding it, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation press release. The traffic will be shifted toward the courthouse side of the road.

Then, crews with G.P.’s Enterprises of Statham will work during the day excavate and set a new roadbed in place, while the setting of new precast concrete slabs will take during overnight hours all week.

The traffic shift will mean no street parking will be available on the northbound side of the road, from the railroad tracks to Athens Street, the release said.

Work will also continue night and day on the installation of storm drain pipe from Candler Street to Midland Avenue, in front of Community and Southern Bank. During the day, sidewalk will be constructed in front of Skip’s Hawaiian Ice and American Pest Control as well as from the railroad tracks to Athens Street.

The downtown project, which includes new sidewalks, curb and gutter, benches, lighting and landscaping in addition to the rebuilding of 0.72 miles of roadway, is expected to be complete by the end of July 2014.