TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - A large portion of Highway 80 will be getting a makeover this summer as Georgia Department of Transportation workers will be repaving the roadway.
We all know how traffic can back up and some are not happy with the timing of the project. GDOT will begin repaving in mid-May and its scheduled to run through the end of June if everything goes as planned. But if not, they could be working into July.
Crews will begin repaving Hwy 80 from the Lazaretto Creek Bridge to the Park of Seven Flags on Butler Avenue at the west end of Tybrisa Street.
There will be lane closures but they tell WTOC the work on Butler Avenue will not affect the Beach Bum parade.
Many people are asking why are they doing it during the summer peak season, but they say it's necessary to do it during the heat to prevent the asphalt from breaking down early or decaying.
One Tybee resident says there are other hot months to choose from.
"Even picking October would've been better than doing it in the summer. It's going to be horrendous. The traffic is already horrendous and it's going to be that much worse. And I believe most of the people agree with what I'm saying," said Marie Rodriquez, a Tybee resident.
"It's just routine maintenance. If they don't do it, it becomes a hazardous situation especially for emergency vehicles that must get from point A to point B out on this island quite frequently," said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman.
They will not be doing any roadwork on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Work will also not take place Monday through Thursday during busy commute times of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"We did reach out to them and asked them to minimize lane closures during the weekend and during rush hour during the week and they've obliged," said Mayor Buelterman.