Commuter Dude | Design change brings Old Alabama widening project to temporary halt

A $30,000 redesign brought a GDOT road project to a temporary halt, frustrating commuters.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Unforeseen issues and a $50,000 resign have delayed a GDOT project on Old Alabama Road.

Holly Balint travels Old Alabama near Medlock Bridge nearly every day. She says the barrels and barricades have made her commute worse than it was.

“You can see the traffic morning and night is kind of ridiculous,” says Balint.

She’s watched the work that will widen a half-mile portion of Old Alabama, and was disappointed when progress came to a complete halt.

“I thought, we're going to have a finished highway,” says Balint. “There hasn't been any progress since then.”

The GDOT contractor hired for the project ran into issues with the soil that caused a delay.

Then, GDOT and the city of Johns Creek agreed on a design change that will eliminate one left turn lane and lengthen another.

Commuter Dude Jerry Carnes asked GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale why the redesign wasn’t part of the original plan.

“We like to anticipate everything,” said Dale. “It's not ideal, but in the end, we're getting the best project possible.”

Dale says the project should get back on track this week.

The project was originally scheduled to end in October. GDOT has now given the contractor until next May to finish, but the contractor has expressed confidence it will wrap up before the end of the year.

Originally, GDOT told Commuter Dude the total was $30,000 however corrected the amount  to $50,000 after the story aired. 

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