Clarkston traffic delays expected to last through summer

The final phase of construction in the Clarkston Streetscape Water Main Relocation Project is expected to delay traffic on East Ponce de Leon and nearby streets through summer.

Road closures will delay traffic in Clarkston through the summer during the final phase of construction on the Clarkston Streetscape Water Main Relocation Project.

Construction crews will begin the overnight work – between 6 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. – on May 29.

All westbound lanes of East Ponce de Leon Avenue between Jolly Avenue and North Indian Creek Drive will be closed to through traffic.

In addition, westbound traffic on East Ponce de Leon will be directed onto Church Street at North Indian Creek.

Eastbound traffic on East Ponce de Leon will not be affected.

The Clarkston Streetscape Water Main Relocation Project is part of DeKalb County's $1.345 billion capital improvement program and includes the installation of nearly 8,000 feet of new water pipe in the Clarkston area.

The first phase of construction began in August 2017.

The project is aimed at improving water and fire services to Clarkston, as the existing water mains have reached or exceeded their average useful service lives.

As part of the project, new ductile iron pipe, water meters, hydrants, backflow preventer devices and service lines to the new mains are being installed along portions of East Ponce de Leon, Market Street, Rowland Street and Norman Road.

To date, project contractor Layne Inliner has installed more than 3,000 feet of water pipe and completed service tie-ins on Norman Road, Rowland Street, and Market Street.

The final phase on Ponce de Leon Avenue was delayed until now due to unforeseen permitting issues.

The lane closures, detour and night hours over summer will continue until work between Jolly Avenue and Market Street is completed in September.

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management urges motorists to use caution when driving on East Ponce de Leon between I-285 and Market Street while the work is underway and there is an increase in heavy equipment traffic.

Drivers are urged to plan for commute delays, observe lane restrictions and pay close attention to caution signs and traffic control personnel during construction hours.

Clarkston residents directly impacted by lane closures or restricted driveway access associated with the work will be notified by letter, door hanger or personal visit at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information, visit www.dekalbwatershed.com, call 1-800-986-1108 or email projectinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov.