backed up traffic

Northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 17 was backed up past Marshside Grill and Bar Friday morning due to storm debris cleanup alongside the F.J. Torras Causeway.

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Motorists who were frustrated by daytime traffic snarls Friday while trying to get on and off of St. Simons Island can expect more of the same on the F.J. Torras Causeway early next week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Periodic lane closures on the causeway are likely Monday as work crews continue to conduct the necessary work to clear away storm debris created last month by Hurricane Irma, state transportation officials said. The cleanup effort along the causeway will take place through at least Wednesday.

The work is being conducted between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to avoid peak morning and afternoon rush hours, said Jill Nagel, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.

“They are going to be working on both sides, so it will create intermittent lane closures in either direction,” she said.

Glynn County Police are cautioning residents to expect delays and to schedule trips accordingly to and from the island, Sgt. Brian Scott said. Police will not be directing traffic during the work, he said.

Motorists are reminded to heed instructions pertaining to roadway work zones, Nagel said.

That includes slowing down when approaching a work zone, allowing ample space between vehicles ahead and obeying directions from road crew flaggers, she said.

“Pay attention, slow down and watch for workers,” Nagel said. “We just ask people to be alert when they’re in these work zones and to please pay attention for the safety of the workers. We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but this work must be completed.”

Work to clean up debris along the causeway started Friday. By midmorning Friday, traffic was backed up in all directions for motorists trying to access the causeway from the mainland.

Traffic in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17 trying to reach the causeway was backed up as far as Marshside Grill, south of Gloucester Street in Brunswick. Traffic attempting to cross U.S. 17 and access the causeway from L Street in Brunswick was bumper-to-bumper all the way to Goodyear Avenue.

Similar traffic delays might be also encountered this week on other state roadways throughout Glynn County, Nagel said. Work crews are expected to be picking up storm debris alongside roads in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties through Wednesday, she said.

“This is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. so they’re trying to work around peak traffic hours,” she said.