Work on the roundabout traffic circle at Five Points is on schedule, and the roadways, mainly Pretoria-Rushing and Burkhalter roads, are expected to open as planned before the new school year begins.
Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch said the roundabout should be open for thru traffic by July 25, but some finishing work could continue for a few days afterward.
Weather has not delayed the construction. While there has been some heavy rainfall in the area, the “ground was dry” so the water was absorbed quickly, he said.
Workers were pouring concrete Tuesday for the foundation and will finish the circle with blue pavers, unlike the red brick pavers used on another traffic circle constructed at Burkhalter and Langston Chapel roads a few miles away, he said.
Lighting will be different at the newer circle as well, with “more decorative” bronze metal lamp posts. Splitter islands will be constructed to separate and direct traffic.
The intersection has become a busy one in recent years, with increasing residential areas being built and the new Five Points Store and Roundabout Cafe being constructed at the intersection, Couch said. There are five subdivisions with 200 houses already in the area within 1 mile, and another adjacent to the store has been approved to have 500 lots.
Bulloch County Schools start back Aug. 1, and all construction and finishing work is expected to be complete “by the time the buses roll,” he said.
Five Points is where Pretoria-Rushing, Burkhalter, Rushing, S&S Railroad Bed and Josh Hagin roads converge.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (9120 489-9414.