The city has closed a short stretch of Schatulga Road to through traffic between Cargo Road and Corporate Ridge Parkway for construction of a roundabout at Schatulga and Corporate Ridge.
Traffic is being routed by detour signs through Corporate Ridge Industrial Park on Corporate Ridge Parkway, Oneda Drive and Cargo Road.
That stretch of Schatulga sees more than 10,000 vehicles a day, including a considerable number of city trucks headed to and from the Pine Grove Landfill and the Sustainability Center and a city Public Works facility on Schatulga. Also affected will be the Muscogee County Prison, Rutledge State Prison, West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, Muscogee Manor and Cobis nursing homes and the Columbus Transitional Center.
Deputy City Manager David Arrington said the road will be closed for several months, depending on the weather and other factors that can affect construction.
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Arrington said he does not expect any impact on city services because the detour takes traffic only a block out of its way.
The roundabout is being constructed to accommodate increased traffic at the intersection and also for “traffic calming effect” on well traveled, arrow-straight Schatulga.
The roundabout is being constructed to accommodate the many tractor-trailer rigs that use the intersection. Like other roundabouts in the city, it will have a “mountable curb” that allow the rear wheels of trucks and buses to ride up and over them, he said.
The city has built roundabouts at Corporate Ridge and Aflac Parkways in Corporate Ridge, at Blackmon and Warm Springs Roads, at the northwest corner of Lakebottom Park and is planning on building one at the intersection of River Road, Green Island Drive and Bradley Park Drive.
McMath-Turner Construction Co. of Columbus was awarded the $575,000 contract for the job. The contract includes all drainage structures, concrete curb and gutters, asphalt concrete paving and splitter islands. The work also includes pavement markings, traffic signs, and landscaping.