Summer roadwork underway in Georgia; expect some delays statewide

Published 07/01 2014 10:50AM

Updated 07/01 2014 10:51AM

It’s summertime and the Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists they should plan ahead to avoid overheated radiators (and tempers) – especially those who anticipate weekend travel on Interstate 20 between Villa Rica and Covington or I-285 on the west side of metropolitan Atlanta.

Southwest Georgia travelers will fare better with only one interstate interchange project scheduled. The exit and entrance ramps of the I-75 interchange at Brighton Road (Exit 66) will be reconfigured and a new, wider overpass will be built. The width of the shoulders of the interstate underneath the bridge will also be widened. The interchange will be temporarily closed during construction and detours will be announced in advance. Elsewhere in the area, detours remain in place on two existing projects in Lowndes and Seminole counties and road widening projects in Colquitt and Tift counties may cause occasional delays, but no major road closures are planned.

“We apologize for the inconveniences that will occur,” says Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi, “but these preventative activities we undertake in summer months will save taxpayers millions of dollars over the long term in avoided major reconstruction costs.

“We really implore everyone – Georgians, out-of-state truckers and motorists simply passing through – to plan ahead by utilizing our free-call 511 phone system and the 511 website: You’ll get real-time road conditions and your forethought and planning likely will save you hours. I can’t over-emphasize the importance of planning ahead for your weekend travel this summer, especially on I-20 and metro Atlanta’s west side. We realize summer weekends may seem to some like a bad time for us to undertake this work. But we have to take advantage of the warm summer days and nights and weekday traffic is much, much heavier.”

The work on Atlanta’s west side involves replacing and repairing 17 miles of I-285 concrete slabs that will require multiple lane closures throughout weekends. To Atlanta’s west, a resurfacing of I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica also requires continuous multiple lane closures on weekends as will repairs to 16 I-20 bridges/overpasses from the downtown area to the Chattahoochee River. Significant delays are virtually inevitable.

Travel on I-20 east of metro Atlanta will be no picnic, either. Resurfacing between Conyers and Covington will require periodic multiple lane closures on weekends; bridge reconstruction at the Alcovy River in Newton County will require weekday closures of one of two travel lanes in either direction; and closer to the city, restriping efforts will continue through mid-summer, requiring multiple I-20 lane closures in both directions on weekend nights, although the work will be timed so as not to interfere with traffic to and from Atlanta Braves’ games.

Interstate Highway System travelers can get construction and traffic information at the State’s Welcome Centers which offer free maps and access to real-time information on construction or accident-related delays and lane closures.

As always, motorists this summer are urged to obey speed limits in general and in particular in work zones; avoid distractions and unnecessary lane changes; allow extra distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead in work zones; never drive while impaired; and always exercise caution.

The following are some of the Department’s other potentially “motorist impactful” construction jobs under way or beginning this summer, as well as the relevant Georgia DOT media contacts:

Metropolitan Atlanta:
•Roadway improvements and (city of Atlanta) water and sewer line replacement on Northside Drive between I-75 and Collier Road (beginning in July);
•Construction of the new “Skip Spann Connector” overpass above I-75 in northwest Cobb County; and
•Reconstruction of the Georgia 400 interchange at Northridge Road in Fulton.
•Ongoing demolition of remaining Georgia 400 toll plaza structures and subsequent shifting of traffic into permanent lane configuration.
(Dept. Spokesperson Natalie Dale – 404.631.1814

Northeast Georgia:
•Intersection improvements at State Route 316 with both SR 20 and Collins Hill Road in Gwinnett County;
•Widening of SR 347 from McEver Road in Buford to SR 211 in Braselton east and west bound in Hall County;
•SR 20 widening projects in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties; and
•Construction of a pedestrian tunnel on SR 284/Clarks Bridge Road in Hall County (a detour of this route will be in place until July 26).
•(NOTE: The SR 347 widening and the SR 284 tunnel projects will impact traffic to and from Lake Lanier Islands.)
(District Communications Officer [DCO] Teri Pope – 770.718. 3924)

Northwest Georgia:
•Reconstruction of I-75 interchanges at SR 156/Redbud Road and at Union Grove Road in Gordon County and also at U.S. 41 in Whitfield County;
•Widening SR 136 in Gordon;
•Widening SR 20 in Bartow County; and
•Bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 411 in Murray County (through July).
(DCO Mohamed Arafa – 770.387.4081)

East Central Georgia:
•Resurfacing I-16 in Laurens and Treutlen counties;
•I-20 bridge reconstruction in Newton County;
•Widening I-520 in Richmond County;
•Widening of Windsor Springs Road, Wrightsboro Road and SR 56 in Richmond;
•Widening of SR 232/Columbia Road and Old Petersburg Road/Old Evans Road in Columbia County;
•Bridge replacements on SR 47 and SR 232 in Columbia; and
•Fall Line Freeway construction in Washington and Baldwin counties.
(DCO Cissy McNure – 478.552.4656)

West Central Georgia:
•I-75 restriping activities in Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties;
•I-75 interchange reconstruction at Jodeco Road in Henry County;
•I-16 interchange reconstruction at SR 96 in Jones County;
•Pipeline work near I-85 in Coweta County (through August); and
•Intersection improvements at SR 155 and Kellytown Road in Henry.
(DCO Kimberly Larson – 706.646.7532)

South & Southwest Georgia:
•U.S. 84/State Route 38/West Hill Avenue railroad overpass construction in Valdosta/Lowndes County;
•Reconfiguration of SR 3/Liberty Expressway interchange with North Jefferson Street in Dougherty County;
•Widening of U.S. 319/SR 35 in Colquitt and Tift counties;
•Widening of Carpenter Road in Tift;
•Resurfacing of U.S. 41/SR 7 in Tift;
•I-75 at Brighton Road interchange reconstruction in Tift; and
•Drainage improvements on SR 39 in Seminole County.
(DCO Nita Birmingham – 229.391.5463)

Southeast Georgia:
•I-95 and SR 99 interchange reconstruction in Glynn County;
•Interchange construction at SR 204/Abercorn Street and King George Boulevard in Chatham County; and
•Resurfacing U.S. 84/SR 38 in Pierce County.
(DCO Jill Nagel – 912.427. 5743)

(In addition to the scheduled work, maintenance needs requiring immediate attention may arise at any time; detailed schedule and lane closure information on all work is posted on the 511 website and disseminated to news media.)

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