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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Hwy 80, 1st Ave, Butler Ave summer repaving by GDOT

GDOT will begin repaving Highway 80 from the Lazaretto Creek Bridge to the Park of Seven Flags. All lanes will be repaved, although single lane closures will only occur on shorter sections of the highway as they are milled, repaved, and/or repainted. 

Although the project will begin mid-May, Butler Ave should be unaffected for the Beach Bum Parade. Work will take place each week, Monday through Thursday. While the schedule calls for the project to finish up by the end of June, scheduling delays due to equipment problems, adverse weather, or other unforeseen circumstances could cause work to continue into July.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will not see any traffic disruptions due to the expected high volumes of traffic during this time. Lane closure or traffic pacing will not take place weekdays, Monday - Thursday) between 6-9am westbound for commuters off-island, nor for the commute home from 4-7pm. 

Weather is a major factor affecting road resurfacing projects, as cool weather can prevent the proper curing of both asphalt and cement, which would then lead to early breakdown and decay. This is why resurfacing projects occur in the summer, while pothole and crack repairs are typically seen during cooler periods. In addition, adverse weather may affect the duration of the project, so end date is approximate at this time. 

Another factor in the scheduling of this project was waiting for the completion of the water line replacement project on Highway 80. A safe water supply is critical for Tybee, and having the road dug up for work on lines while DOT tries to put down a new surface would cause problems for both projects.

A more detailed press announcement from GDOT should be available closer to the project start date, at which time, that information will also be made available here.

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