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Winder panels to be repaired, sidewalks poured

In this September 2013 file photo, work on Winder’s Broad Street project is underway. About a year after crews began work on the rehab project for the city downtown, Georgia DOT officials said they expect to finish pouring new sidewalks and installing handrails this week. (File Photo)

In this September 2013 file photo, work on Winder’s Broad Street project is underway. About a year after crews began work on the rehab project for the city downtown, Georgia DOT officials said they expect to finish pouring new sidewalks and installing handrails this week. (File Photo)

Crews are working on the finishing touches to Winder’s Broad Street project.

About a year after crews began work on the rehab project for the city downtown, Georgia DOT officials said they expect to finish pouring new sidewalks and installing handrails this week, if weathe cooperates. The installation of brick pavers will also continue on both saides of Ga. Highway 81.

Last summer and fall, crews from G.P.’s Enterprises installed concrete panels along Ga. Highway 11/Broad Street as part of a Highways for Life project expected to build a stronger, more durable driving surface. Four of those panels were damaged and will replaced this week.

“The final pieces are coming together on the project. Four concrete panels that were damaged will be removed (Monday night) and replaced with new panels late this week,” said Georgia DOT district engineer Bayne Smith. “Hopefully, next week crews will spend several nights grinding the concrete panels creating a smooth driving surface across all of them. Grinding will occur overnight because it will require lane closures.”

Officials hope to pave the parking and side streets in early April, if the schedule continues as planned.

“Thank you for your patience through construction,” Smith added. “We look forward to finishing so we can all enjoy the improvements made through this project.”

The nearly $5 million is scheduled to be complete by the end of July.