PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - Because of wet weather this week, the Georgia Department of Transportation, along with construction engineers, have made the decision to postpone shutting down State Route 21 this weekend.
The diverging diamond interchange traffic configuration at 21 and I-95 will now have to wait until next month. The tentative date set to try the road closure again is Jan. 13.
A representative with the GDOT says that because of some of the materials used in the construction phase, workers needed about a full week of dry clear weather, which as we know, we didn't get this week. Because of the holiday weekends and travel ahead, contractors are not allowed to close down major state roads.
This week's rain is just one of many weather events that have pushed this project back multiple weeks at a time. GDOT representatives are asking for continued patience as this project eventually moves forward.
"The material they're using is temperature sensitive, but it's also weather. We cannot lay it on a wet surface, or the final product will not be good," said Jill Nagel, Georgia Department of Transportation.
"Whatever it takes to finish it. Get everything running and open the way it's supposed to be, and hopefully that interchange will be good for this area. The congestion; the businesses that are here. I know we're all suffering. It's not just me," said Adam Kitchen, Co-Owner, Portside Seafood.
The whole diverging diamond interchange here at I-95 and State Route 21 is now set to be completed about one year from now.