MOULTRIE -- The City of Moultrie and Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) have three road construction projects in the works. One project will begin construction in the next few months, but the other two are still in an early phase.
City of Moultrie Director of Engineering Roger Ruis said the DOT has completed design plans and is currently acquiring the right-of-ways and easements for a plan to add an egress, or exit, lane between Lane Street and Veterans Parkway. Bids will be awarded in July.
The other two projects are on Georgia Highway 133.
Tuesday night, the Moultrie City Council gave the DOT the go-ahead to design improvements for the Highway 133 intersection with Old Adel Road and Fifth Avenue Southeast.
The design the city and DOT are working on involves a 90-degree turn lane from the southbound lane of Highway 133 onto Fifth Avenue Southeast and another 90-degree turn lane from the northbound lane of the highway onto Old Adel Road.
Ruis said the city has requested the DOT's designs and involvement division to improve safety at the intersection. The DOT would do the designs and construction work, but the city would be required to purchase the right-of-ways for the turn lanes.
Shane Pridgen, DOT district planning and programming engineer, said the turn lanes would be a city project but funded by the state. Through an established process, officials will designate the construction a traffic safety project, and the DOT will provide its services once the final project gets approval from the city council.
When the intersection improvements are completed, Pridgen said the DOT will begin a project to make Highway 133 four lanes of traffic from Moultrie to Valdosta. The plan to create the four-lane road will also include adding a median to two sections of Highway 133.
Ruis said the stretch of Highway 133 from Veterans Parkway to the Fifth Avenue Southeast intersection would have a raised concrete median. The concrete median would be between 20 and 24 feet wide and would include turn lanes and crossovers at certain intervals. The exact locations of the turns and crossovers has not yet been determined, but Pridgen said the turn lanes would be located at major intersections along the route.
Beyond the Fifth Street Southeast intersection, Ruis said the DOT would install a 44-foot wide depressed median between the lanes of traffic. This median would run from Fifth Avenue Southeast all the way to Valdosta with turn lanes and crossovers at intervals that haven't yet been established. Such a median complies with state regulations for roadways with a volume of 18,000 vehicles and up.
The improvements being planned for Highway 133 are only in the concept phase at the moment, Pridgen said. A timeline to begin the projects is unknown at the time because it is very early in the process.