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Rayford Road will be closed at Geneva Drive from Friday night through Monday morning

December 4, 2018

Drivers in and around the South Montgomery County area who use Rayford Road will need to find an alternate route this weekend as a construction project is expected to close Rayford Road at the intersection of Geneva Drive from Friday night through Monday morning.

Officials with Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s office sent out a press release advising media and the public about the impending road closure, offering alternative routes for drivers who normally use Rayford Road to cross the south county area.

According to the release, the closure of Rayford Road will begin at 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 and end at about 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10. The construction project will completely shutter Rayford Road at Geneva Drive, forcing both traversing drivers as well as residents of the neighborhood to seek alternative routes depending on where they are driving. Extremely lengthy and heavy traffic are predicted for the area during the weekend closure, the press release noted.

The closure, the release stated, is due to the ongoing Rayford Road widening project. Workers are planning to install what are called “junction boxes” as well as underground box culverts across the thoroughfare. The project will connect drainage infrastructure on the northern side of Rayford Road to the new Spring Creek outfall. Because the work requires extremely large, and dangerous, heavy equipment, officials have deemed it unsafe in any manner to allow traffic to use the road during work, officials explained in the release.

The widening project, part of the 2015 road bond referendum, will see Rayford Road widened to six lanes from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway. A bridge will also be constructed allowing drivers to go over the existing Union Pacific railroad tracks west of Lazy Lane, the release stated.

There will be an array of law enforcement personnel on hand during the closures to help drivers with alternative routes and provide safety for the project. The officers will be stationed, the release notes, at the intersections of Richards Road and Imperial Oaks Drive on Rayford Road as well as at the intersection of Hanna and Robinson roads, too.

The following tips are offered by Precinct 3 officials for drivers:

* Drivers travelling east on Rayford Road from Interstate-45 will be diverted north onto Richards and Hanna roads.

* Drivers travelling west on Rayford Road from the Grand Parkway will be shifted northbound onto Imperial Oaks Drive, which eventually becomes Robinson Road in Oak Ridge North.

* Residents in the neighborhoods along Rayford Road will not be able to pass through the Geneva Drive intersection in any manner. People who reside east of the intersection are advised to drive east on Rayford and those west of the intersection are recommended to drive west toward Interstate-45.

* Those people who live on Geneva north of Rayford Road will only be able to turn eastbound onto Rayford Road.

* Residents living on Geneva south of Rayford Road must utilize Spring Hills Drive or Helen Drive to Lazy Lane, where they will be able to turn westbound onto Rayford Road.

* Local businesses will still be accessible during the project.

— Information for this article was derived from a press release.

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