TIFTON - Georgia DOT Valdosta Area Engineer Tim Warren is proud to announce that all lanes of U.S. 84 between Lake Alapaha Boulevard in Lowndes County to the west city limits of Dupont were opened to traffic this week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Although opened to traffic, the contractor, will be completing the remaining portions of the work in the next few weeks. This should have little effect on traffic.

The two recent projects that have opened the pathway from Valdosta to Homerville total over $32 million in construction costs.

The contractors for these two projects are Ross of Georgia from Ocilla, who constructed the portion from Lake Alapaha Boulevard to Dupont, and Reames and Son Construction from Valdosta, who constructed the portion from Dupont to Homerville.

A current project is also under construction by Dixie Roadbuilders from Waycross to widen U.S. 84 and U.S. 441 in the city of Homerville.

The funding for these projects was moved up in the priority list because of a meeting held several years ago in Atlanta.

U.S. 84 is one of the 18 Governors Road Improvement Program corridors that will connect 95 percent of our state's cities (with a population of 2,500 or more) to the Interstate System.

The GRIP system will ensure that 98 percent of all areas within the state will be within 20 miles of a four-lane road.

For information and updates on the GRIP program, visit www.dot.state.ga.us/DOT/plan-prog/planning/programs/grip/index.shtml

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