U.S. 78 resurfacing to begin Wednesday

Officials have delayed work to resurface a major stretch of Snellville highway, due to weather concerns.

The work on U.S. Highway 78, which was originally slated to begin Sunday night, is now scheduled to begin Wednesday, if weather permits.

Last resurfaced in 1994, U.S. 78’s pavement is damaged and needs replacing, Georgia Department of Transportation officials said.

The three-month project will improve the driving surface from Ga. Highway 124 in the heart of Snellville to Tom Brewer Road in Loganville, a press release said.

Crews from Pittman Construction Company will begin the work by patching turn lanes and roads that intersect with the highway, beginning in Snellville and working down the 9.24 mile project toward Loganville, and then turning around and working back westward.Then, crews plan to remove the damaged asphalt and rebuild the roadway from the base up, the release said, adding that laying a new smooth driving surface will be the last step.

Officials expect delays in the work zone, and a pilot vehicle will be used to direct traffic.

Lane closures are restricted to overnight hours, from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. While Saturday lane closures are allowed, crews cannot close lanes during daytime hours on weekends. The contractor is not planning to work on Friday nights, the release added.

“Please slow down through the work zone even when crews aren’t present; for your own safety. Most crashes in work zones occur when the work zone is not active,” said DOT district engineer Bayne Smith.

The $4.3 million contract is due to be complete by June 30.