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Passing lanes now open on US 80 East
Highway 80 East construction
In this photo from January, work widening Highway 80 East from Statesboro to just west of Brooklet is shown. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that all the new lanes are now open. (JIM HEALY/Herald file)

Reeves Construction Company opened new passing and turn lane improvements Tuesday on US 80 East between Amanda Road and Old Leefield Road in Bulloch County.

Jill Nagel, communications director for District 5 of the Georgia Department of Transportation, said the completed $6.5 million project "will provide operational enhancements along a two-lane section of US 80/State Route 26 to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes, while providing a higher peak hour traffic service level between Statesboro and Brooklet."

Closeout work in the project area may still require minor traffic interruptions in the coming weeks, she said.

Reeves Construction was awarded the $6.4 million roadbuilding contract after a December 2017 bid. The Georgia DOT then issued the notice to proceed in February 2018, with April 2019 originally announced as the completion date. 

The project added passing lanes to a previous two-lane segment from the end of the existing five-lane section of highway in Statesboro near Amanda Road to Old Leefield Road, just outside Brooklet.

A passing lane in the eastern direction begins about 1,000 feet east of Burkhalter Road and ends at Grimshaw Road. Westbound, a passing lane begins at Old Leefield Road and ends about 1,000 feet west of County Road 350, also known as Bud Lee Lane. With the work near completion, there is now a three-lane roadway on each end of the project, and a total of four lanes in the central section, where there are passing lanes in both directions.

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