Oconee Public Works Director Jody Woodall estimates that the Experiment Station Road widening project will take about 24 months to complete. 

“The immediate work for this calendar year will likely be limited to clearing the right-of-way and maybe some drainage work,” added Oconee County Administrator Justin Kirouac.  

Managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the project involves widening of two lanes to four lanes with a 20-foot grass median, left-turn lanes at intersections, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The length of the road is 1.16 miles.

The project will taper from four lanes at the U.S. 441 bypass to two lanes near Calls Creek. A future phase that is currently without funding or a let date would involve the widening of Experiment Station Road from the bypass to downtown Watkinsville. 

Over the next two years, the road work will be under construction simultaneously from Butler’s Crossing to the U.S. 441 bypass. 

New signals are not planned. 

Government Station Road will be realigned to tie into the intersection with Experiment Station Road and Bishop Farms Parkway. 

“The intersection of Experiment Station Road/Hog Mountain Road and Mars Hill Road will be reconfigured with two through lanes in each direction with dual lefts on three of the four approaches,” said Woodall, who at this time is not aware of any detours

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