This image shows the alignment of the one-way paired streets that take traffic to and from the McDonough square.

McDONOUGH — The project creating one-way paired streets through downtown McDonough is nearing completion. The Georgia Department of Transportation said Thursday that the process of moving traffic permanently to the new alignment will begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m.

According to the DOT, the realignment of traffic will take most of the day to complete, and motorists in the area should expect delays, exercise caution and reduce their speed while driving through the work zones. During the day some lanes will be closed to traffic while crews with Pittman Construction finish the final stages of the project. Orange and white barrels will be used to maneuver traffic into the open lanes. Message boards have been installed to alert motorists to the changes.

Construction on the one-way paired streets began in June 2017. With the completion of the project, all westbound traffic will be on Jonesboro Street/John Frank Ward Boulevard and all eastbound traffic starting east of the new roundabout at Doris Street will be on Keys Ferry Street/Ga. Highways 20/81. The new traffic signal at Keys Ferry Street and Geranium Drive will also be activated.

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