The Mozley Street railroad crossing at Broad Street is now permanently closed.
Once work on the overpass is completed, which is tentatively set to take 24-36 months, Mozley Street will end at Broad Street in a T-intersection and the railroad overpass to Strickland Street will be eliminated.
To accommodate the closing, a new detour route has been established for trucks. Local traffic has its own detour that's in place, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) District 7 Representative Tori Brown said.
The Mozley Street crossing closed last month.
"My understanding is even though they were calling it temporary, it will be closed even longer and I guess that's just the way they do it in order to get the agreement signed," Douglasville Planning Director Michelle Wright said.
Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley, who represents the ward at the railroad crossing, said the sudden change in the names of the type of intersection closings can be frustrating for her constituents.
"It's important that I know that when we get information that we can articulate it properly to our constituents," Danley said.
The work on the railroad crossing is part of Phase I of the four-phase Highway 92 project. The project will divert the state highway around downtown Douglasville beginning at Hospital Drive south of downtown, under a tunnel east of downtown near Ellis Street and then reconnecting with the main road north of the city at Malone Road.
Once the relocation project is finished -- GDOT said the projected completion is 2022 -- the stretch of Highway 92 now currently south of Malone Road that comes into downtown and crosses at Broad Street will become a city street and will possibly be renamed, according to Douglasville Mayor Pro Tem Richard Segal.
Through the expected traffic of the continued closure, Danley said she expects Douglasville residents to understand the benefits of the work that's being done.
"Any delay or the closing of that crossing is telling us that we're getting closing to the end of this project," Danley previously told the Sentinel. "It's an inconvenience to close that crossing, but we'll continue to be patient and remember that the end result is that we will have a great pathway to get across the railroad crossing, so we're excited."
For real-time information on work zones and traffic conditions, Brown encourages drivers to call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app.