Drivers in West Augusta may experience traffic backlog along Wrightsboro Road.
The work has been forcing cars to stop right at Wrightsboro Road and North Leg Road.
At certain points throughout the day, drivers are lined up along Wrightsboro Road between the Walmart and Christenberry Fieldhouse.
But the focus, however, is on North Leg Road despite a good portion of Wrightsboro being impacted the most.
“Nobody advertised it. I was riding. I see cones and now my tire is torn up. So, I hate it,” said Rodney Newson, who lives in Augusta.
It’s a feeling some drivers headed down Wrightsboro Road are getting after Richmond County’s latest construction project.
“I know not to go that way,” Timmy Grant, of Burke County, said jokingly.
The orange cones start mid Jackson Road, mid North Leg Road and mid Wrightsboro Road both ways and then it hits you: Bumper to bumper traffic. It’s a long wait for some.
“For about two hours in line, waiting at the light. It’s just ridiculous. It’s terrible,” Newson said confirming that his wait was actually two hours.
The work is one of dozens of Augusta Transportation Investment Act or TIA projects. The engineering department’s website calls it the North Leg Improvements project between Sibley and Wrightsboro Roads.
The construction manager for the project said the total cost is $4.6 million. The realignment is supposed to reduce crashes along the roadway and at the intersection.
For now, drivers are waiting in the bottleneck with a lucky one or two finding a shortcut, something the manager of Lulu’s Express Car Wash said is happening less and less.
Reggie Johnson said, “A lot of them used to come in through this area right here, but now they have to go all the way around. From the traffic being blocked up on Wrightsboro Road it makes it harder to come in this way.”
Johnson said traffic snarls when emergency vehicles come through the area so he will be happy to see the final product.
“Somewhat yes. It will make the traffic flow much better. Easier and smoother.”
The construction manager added the entire project will be done in December.
Photojournalist: Gary Hipps