ROBINS — As Mayor of Robins, Chuck Hinz knew an overhaul of Main Street would be a big endeavor for the city and its roughly 3,400 residents.
“Main Street is the east-west street through town. We knew it was going to be a major undertaking and we knew it was going to create some detour and traffic problems for some citizens,” Hinz said. “It’s a major project for the city of Robins, but it’s also just a major project for the whole metro area because it will improve traffic flow.”
Later this year, after what will be about eight months of road work, Hinz said the city hopes to reopen a new and improved Main Street.
“Weather permitting, the goal is Dec. 1,” he said.
The city earlier this year began the estimated $2 million reconstruction of Main Street from Mentzer Road to Troy Road.
The intersection of Mentzer Road and Main Street closed earlier this month, and is expected to reopen to traffic Nov. 20.
Work on the project, which began in April, includes reconstructing the street, installing the avenue’s first storm sewer system, relocating utilities underground and rebuilding cross walks and intersections.
Hinz said the project also upgrades sidewalks and bike lanes and adds handicapped accessible cross walks.
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The project, which has forced some lane reductions and detours since April, has caused a few headaches for commuters, but the end product will be worth the wait, Hinz said.
“I think generally people realize that the pain that we are suffering now will be worth it in the end,” he said. “Everybody seems to be in pretty good spirits and understanding that it’s for the good of the entire city.”
To keep residents and commuters in the loop, the city’s website has provided updates on the project and subscribers can receive updates via email or text message.
“We try to make sure we communicate with people on a daily basis,” Hinz said. “We send out that information in those three different platforms, and that hopefully keeps as many people up to speed as possible.”
Hinz said the updated Main Street will greatly help manage the community’s growing population, which reached 3,442 following a 2016 special census count.
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