published Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Battlefield Parkway due for $4.8 million resurfacing next year

Traffic flows down Battlefield Parkway.
Traffic flows down Battlefield Parkway.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

It's a ways off, but the busiest part of Battlefield Parkway is due for a $4.8 million resurfacing from the Walker County line through Fort Oglethorpe to Fowler Road just east of Interstate 75.

In October, the Georgia Department of Transportation will bid out the resurfacing of State Route 2, as Battlefield Parkway officially is known.

"It certainly needs it," GDOT Area Engineer Devon Brooks said.

The state has been sealing cracks in the busy commercial thoroughfare to keep the road base together, she said, but a resurfacing is due.

"We've been able to get five more years out of the pavement," Brooks said.

Construction could start in March or April of next year, Brooks said, when it's warm enough to lay asphalt. Crews will keep traffic flowing in both directions.

"The bulk of the work will probably be done at night," she said. Since it's cooler at night, Brooks said, "that may push it into June. Hopefully, they'll do it when school's out."

Catoosa County Projects Administrator Christal Thomas said Fowler Road east of I-75 is where GDOT recently finished resurfacing a section of Battlefield Parkway.

"Fowler is where they stopped the last resurfacing project," Thomas said. "That makes sense. They're going to pick it up from that pavement joint all the way to the Walker County line."

"That's awesome," Thomas said. "It could use it."

Brooks believes GDOT has plans eventually to resurface the Walker County portion of Battlefield Parkway.

Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn said he's heard complaints from residents about GDOT's policy of sealing cracks on Battlefield Parkway to stave off a full resurfacing for as long as possible.

"There's a lot of folks upset that they did that ... complaining it's rough," Ashburn said.

It's not an opinion he shares.

"My opinion of driveable roads and other people's is two different things," Ashburn said. "Everything is not perfect all the time."

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6651.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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