Work is roughly 50 percent complete on a $30-million-plus upgrade of what is considered the most dangerous stretch of road in Augusta, Georgia. The 30-month project is aimed at making a five-mile portion of Highway 56, also known as the Mike Padgett Highway, safer and more secure for motorists. The project consists largely of adding left-turn lanes, a raised center concrete median and expanding shoulders.
Like the much-needed roadwork, new water infrastructure required for the project brings its own kind of safety and security. The scope of the project included 35 AMERICAN Flow Control B-84-B fire hydrants, each equipped with Series 2100 hydrant security check valves and more than 26,000 feet of AMERICAN 16-inch ductile iron pipe.