The Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission is gearing up for an extensive sewer project on Frederica Road that will lead to delays for motorists.
Residents living along Frederica or on the streets off of it north of Palm Street and motorists in the area should anticipate a wait as work moves along multiple roads between now and July, according to a project briefing sent out by the utility.
Frederica Road itself, one of the main thoroughfares on St. Simons Island, will not be fully closed, JWSC crews may occasionally have to direct traffic around work areas, executive director Jimmy Junkin said.
The project has already been given the green light, but exact dates of closures are still estimates.
Only South Harrington Road will experience a full closure. Work along this road is expected to begin sometime near the end of January. While work is in progress, South Harrington will be closed for two 12-24 hour periods.
Currently, the utility expects to close no more than one lane of Palmetto Street at its intersection with Frederica Road. This is expected to be from the end of March to the end of April.
Both 3rd and 4th Avenues will be closed to through traffic in April for an estimated 18 days. Around this same time, 6th Avenue will be also be closed for 18 days.
Two pedestrian paths will also be rerouted during this timeframe. Those using the path along Harrogate Road will have to detour between North Windward Drive and Palm Drive. This detour will be in effect from mid- February to mid-March, according to the utility.
Pedestrians using the path along Palm and Colonial drives will be rerouted through the Sea Palms golf course during construction on Frederica Road that is expected to take place between mid-March and early April.
The project is part of the utility’s efforts to maintain enough sewer capacity on the north end of the island to support recent rapid growth in residential subdivisions. According to engineer Todd Kline, the project is still on track to finish as expected, in July 2017.