We truly appreciate your patience as our contractors worked to prepare Memorial Drive for its new configuration without the reversible lanes between Pearl Street and Candler Road. We know that the night time work of lowering the manholes and re-striping the lanes may have caused residents in the immediate area some temporary inconvenience, but with the new striping now in place, we hope that now you are also benefiting from all the preparatory work.
The temporary striping that is now in place is designed to orient drivers to Memorial Drive’s new lane configuration with the reversible lanes replaced by turn lanes at key intersections and pedestrian crossing safe zones. This striping will remain in place through the end of March, giving drivers two weeks to become familiar with the new lanes and traffic signals.
The next phase of this project will begin April 1, weather permitting, as contractors work to improve the condition of the roadway, apply new asphalt and lay new permanent striping in the new lane configuration. We anticipate that contractors will begin milling operations at Pearl Street and move eastbound to Candler, but that plan may change. Please note crews will be using heavy equipment for milling and paving operations— expect intermittent noise.
This work will require lane closures to keep drivers and workers safe. We encourage you to drive carefully and allow additional travel time to your destinations while the lane closures are in place. This project is scheduled for a June 2019 completion, so our impacts to your travel routines will be short-lived in exchange for long-term safety and mobility benefits.
Again, thank you for your patience as GDOT works to reduce traffic speeds and crashes, and improve safety and mobility on the Memorial Drive corridor.