Augusta, GA -
If you're driving around Augusta, you've probably noticed a lot of road work. Traffic engineers are planning projects on Augusta's main roads to help traffic flow and keep up with the growing area.
Orange cones have lined the stretch of Wrightsboro Road to Jimmie Dyess Parkway for more than a year.And now, traffic engineers are turning their attention to the other side of Wrightsboro Road, where a new Wal-Mart is opening, and traffic keeps getting busier.
The sound of the deli slicer moving throughout lunch time is a sound Baldino's General Manager Greg Walker has been waiting to hear.
"This area has sort of been dying, and moving out toward all the new plazas, Evans, Martinez, and other areas," said Walker.
With the construction complete on the new Wal-Mart, Walker is seeing a flood of customers, something he hasn't had in a year.
His sub shop is close to the intersection of Wrightsboro and North Legg, an area that traffic engineers are already improving.
"Especially mid-afternoon traffic, especially with the Wal-mart being here there will be constant traffic from sunup to sundown," said Walker.
An extra traffic light has been installed to help the flow of traffic in and out of Wal-Mart, but there are no plans for an expansion of Wrightsboro.
"Widening along those roads is very limited, you got a lot of commercial development up close to the roads, so right now we are probably not looking at any widening. What we will do is look at what improvements we have within the existing right of way," said Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.
With no expansion on the horizon, engineers are taking other steps to alleviate the rush hour traffic in the Wrightsboro Road area.
"We've got another project on the interchange to help the flow along the interchange, that seems to be where a lot of the back-up really starts from Bobby Jones back east towards town," said Cassell.
For now, Walker isn't worried about the traffic, he's looking forward to the possibility of new business.
"Getting prepared for that, actually get to hire new people, and help the economy out," said Walker.
Driving down Wrightsboro you may also notice the uneven roads and potholes, city traffic engineers plan on re-surfacing the road all the way to Highland Avenue with the next SPLOST funds.