The Georgia Department of Transportation has recently approved $109,515 in Quick Response Program funding to improve the safety and efficiency of the intersection of State Route (SR) 1 Loop and Riverside Parkway in Floyd County. Work on this project, awarded to Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. of Calhoun, Georgia, will begin Friday, June 9, 2017. It is expected to be completed by the end of June 2017.


The contractor will extend the left turn lanes on the approaches to the intersection in order to enhance safety by reducing or eliminating traffic overflows into through travel lanes and allowing a greater proportion of vehicle deceleration to occur in the turn lane rather than in the through travel lanes.


“Upon completion, this quick response project will help improve the flow of traffic on SR 1 Loop, make it safer and help the public get where they need to go in Floyd County,” said DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.

Work on this project will require the closure of the inside lane in each direction for one weekend from 7p.m. on Friday, June 9 until 6a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. Motorists should also expect a daily single lane closure from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. until the end of June, except on game days at the Rome Braves Stadium. Georgia DOT urges motorists to be aware of the advanced warning signs and watch out for contractor personnel and vehicles in this work zone.


The Quick Response Program supports low cost operational projects on the State Route system such as restriping, intersection improvements, turn lane additions and extensions. These projects can be implemented in a short period of time and typically cost less than $200,000. They generally stay within the state right-of-way and require little if any utility relocation. Quick Response projects are identified by Georgia DOT staff and managed through the Office of Local Grants.