The Georgia Department of Transportation has recently approved little over $74,000 in Quick Response Program funding to improve the safety and efficiency of the intersection of Joe Frank Harris Parkway with Pleasant Valley Road in Bartow County. Work on this high priority project, awarded to Bartow Paving Company, Inc., will begin on Monday. It is expected to be completed in 14 days.

The contractor will construct an offset right turn lane on Joe Frank Harris Parkway at its intersection with Pleasant Valley Road in order to enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic at this intersection.

Work on this project will occasionally require lane closures. The lane closures will be limited to the hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists should 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.