UPDATE: The road is now open! Georgia Department of Transportation announced the opening Friday morning.
“Charlotte Rowell Boulevard opened at 9:15 this morning. Traffic from US 78/SR 10 can now turn right at the new signal onto Charlotte Rowell or turn left onto SR 138. It will greatly improve traffic flow in the area. There will be daytime lane closures Sunday through Wednesday, to finish punch list work.”
Harold Mull, Georgia DOT District Construction Engineer.
Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation say, weather permitting, the Charlotte Rowell Boulevard extension of Highway 138 in Monroe should open by Friday.
This is good news to parents and students of Monroe Area High School who had hoped it would open in time for the start of the new school year. The project extends two lanes of State Route 138 from its current end at the State Route 10/US Highway 78 interchange to SR 11 at Double Springs Church Road, across the road from MAHS entrance.
The new traffic signal at SR 10/US 78 and the exit ramp to SR 138 is now flashing in test mode and will become operational Wednesday, 6, according to a press release from Georgia DOT. Officials say Charlotte Rowell Boulevard is expected to open for use Friday afternoon, if the weather cooperates. Last month, officials confirmed that it was expected to be open in time for the start of the school year.
“We are working to open Charlotte Rowell Boulevard before School starts. If testing goes well, the new traffic signal from SR10/US 78 to SR 138/Charlotte Rowell Boulevard will be turned on tomorrow,” Harold Mull, Georgia DOT District Construction Engineer said in the press release. “As Charlotte Rowell opens Friday, traffic from US 78/SR 10 will be able to turn right at the new signal onto Charlotte Rowell. It will greatly improve traffic flow in the area. We still have some striping to finish and are planning to open for use the road Friday. There could be lane closures over the weekend to finish punch list work.”
The project is ahead of the original scheduled completion date of Nov. 14, 2014. Pittman Construction Company was awarded the 1.55 mile long, $4.1 million construction project.