Drivers can expect a few lane closures on Gentilly Road next week, as City of Statesboro Engineering and Public Works crews prepare for an upcoming sidewalk project.
Beginning Tuesday, workers will remove several trees along the roadside, between Fair Road and Brannen Street, to make way for a paved path.
In total, slightly more than ten trees will be removed — some on both sides of Gentilly — and result the temporary shut-down of road lanes.
According Assistant City Engineer David Hendrix, city personnel have tried to schedule the project at a time that will result in minimal impact for drivers.
“Now that it is summer, and Georgia Southern is quieter and public schools are out, we feel there could be a little less traffic,” Hendrix said. “And luckily, Gentilly Road has three lanes, so we can close off a lane and divert traffic into the center turn lane.”
Thru traffic will still be able to move in both directions, he said.
A total of nine trees will be removed from the east side of the road — where St. Matthews Catholic Church and Gentilly Gardens are located — to clear room for the sidewalk.
Two to three additional Pecan trees will be taken down on the other side of the road — across from the old Winn-Dixie building — Hendrix said, because they have become debris hazards for passersby.
Work to remove the trees is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
Wood from the fallen trees will be stored by the city’s Public Works Department to be cut and donated to individuals this winter.
Efforts to install a sidewalk along Gentilly Road should be completed sometime close to Thanksgiving, Hendrix said.
The city is currently accepting sealed bids from contractors with their costs for the work.
Hendrix said the low-bid will likely be presented to City Council and approved during the first week of August.
Construction would get underway soon after.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.