What is the purpose of the new I-20 westbound on-ramp project?

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — A project to make everyone safer at the state border has been underway for about three years.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is about to open one of the new ramps at Exit 1.

Here’s what you can expect when they close one lane and move on to another.

It is important to understand how this may affect your driving. While many who live near the ramp are happy to see construction improving, they are concerned about safety.

Glenn Bridges is a local resident.

He said: “The entrance ramp is somewhat restricted and shortened. People just don’t seem to want to slow down.

Exit 1 will become much narrower.

GDOT Kyle Collins said: “What they’re trying to accomplish tonight is a traffic shift to a new westbound on-ramp for drivers leaving West Martintown Road, Exit 1, heading towards Georgia.”

For those who live near Exit 1, like Bridges, the project had its flaws.

“If I’m outside, enjoying the good weather, you can hear accidents. We can hear the fire and the EMS and the police responding. It’s just heartbreaking,” he said.

The GDOT indicates that there are nearly 60,000 cars crossing the bridge daily. The objective is to widen the road to allow EMS vehicles to travel better on the shoulders.

Collins said, “Better safety and better capacity and also the upgrading of functionally obsolete bridges.”

While many will be happy with the final product, Glenn says the project was a mess.

“It has been a barrier to travel, and especially for people out of town and using that I-20. Looks like people don’t want to slow down,” he said.

Over the next two days, the tracks will switch to a new route. It takes all eyes on the road.

Collins said: “It will be a right lane, a right shoulder. So basically drivers from South Carolina are heading west into Georgia. Once you start approaching Exit 1 and West Martintown Road, expect to encounter delays.

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