July 17, 2014 --
For the past several weeks, personnel, residents and visitors accessing Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany from the west end of Fleming Road have witnessed the road signs, roadwork and machinery in the one-block area between Mock Road and west of Short Street.
Up to this point, traffic has not been drastically impeded during this process; however, as improvements to the intersection continue, temporary closures to sections west of Short Street are necessary to facilitate successful completion of the project, which is scheduled to be ongoing for the next few weeks.
According to Hubert Smigelski, deputy director, Installation and Environmental Division, MCLB Albany, the one-block closure, which commenced Monday, will continue through July 25.
“After two weeks, Pecan Lane should reopen to regular traffic,” Smigelski said. “The (construction on Fleming Road to Mock Road) may (upgrade) to, at least, one lane of traffic after the two-week period.”
The entire project is expected to be underway until mid-late August, according to Smigelski’s discussions with engineering officials at Dougherty County, Public Works Department.
Smigelski also stressed the importance of the Fleming Road improvement to the base community.
“The county is doing this for the base,” he pointed out. “It’s a great deal for (us) and will alleviate a lot of the traffic problems for the base (community overall).”
He offered one final safety tip to drivers entering and exiting the installation through and around the construction access points.
“Just be careful (for yourself and for the) construction workers (during this improvement process),” he stressed.
According to the initial comments from, Chip Kelly, engineer, Dougherty County Public Works, Engineering Department, the project is in line with public safety plans, which are being implemented by the county and is funded by appropriations from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.
All commuters to the installation are urged to consider using alternative routes, exercise caution and allocate additional travel time during this closure.
For more information and updates on the project’s progress, road closures and/or detours which may impact the commute and access to the installation, visit the website, www.albany.marines.mil; and from the homepage view “Latest Announcements.”