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News  Release from the Ga. DOT

ATLANTA – The warm dry days of summer are a signal to many that it is time to hit the roadways for vacation destinations north, south, east and west. But instead of taking a break, Georgia Department of Transportation road crews are gearing up for the busiest time of the year – construction season.

There are a number of road construction and maintenance projects scheduled in the next few months and Georgia DOT wants to make sure commuters and vacationers can get to their Southeastern destinations with the least amount of delays and aggravation.

"The best way to avoid delays is to stay informed and plan ahead," said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "We recommend motorists traveling through and to Georgia use our 511 system which offers real-time construction and traffic information. All welcome centers have state maps and immediate access to information on construction closures and major accidents to assist travelers in reaching their destinations safely and with as little delay as possible."

Included with this release is a list of major Georgia DOT interstate and state route projects slated for the summer months. Many will require lane closures and likely result in traffic delays on interstate and state highways across Georgia. The Department will attempt to minimize the impact on motorists by restricting most lane closures to nights and weekends. 

Additionally, interstate work will be suspended during the July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends. 

Motorists are urged to obey posted, reduced construction zone speed limits; avoid unnecessary lane changes; allow extra distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead; and to exercise extreme caution while driving through these work zones. 

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. Additional transportation revenues are imperative to grow and sustain Georgia's economic vitality and quality of life through the 21st Century.  Georgia is the 3rd fastest-growing state in the nation, yet 49th in per capita spending on transportation.  For general information on the Georgia DOT, please www.dot.ga.gov.

 

2010 Summer Construction Projects

 

  • Transportation District 1 (Northeast Georgia)

SR 141 widening

County: Forsyth

Location: SR 141 from McGinnis Ferry Rd to SR 9 

Brief Description: Widening SR 141 from one lane in each direction to a four- lane divided highway 

Contract Amount: $50.4 million 

Start date: Winter 2006 

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2010

 

 

  • Transportation District 2 (East Central Georgia)

North Gordon Bypass/Fall Line Freeway  

Counties: Twiggs and Wilkinson

Location: from State Route 257 to State Route 243 at lake, also includes construction of two bridges over Central of Georgia Railroad and Little Commissioner Creek

Brief Description: 7.20 miles of new construction on the Fall Line Freeway

Contract Amount: $29.9 million

Start date: Fall 2009

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2012

 

  • Transportation District 3 (West Central Georgia)

I-75 and Sardis Church Rd - New Interchange & Widening

Counties:  Bibb

Location: I-75 at Sardis Church Road in south Bibb County (MP 152)

Brief Description: Construction of new interchange and widening of existing I-75

Amount: $32.8 million

Anticipated Start date: Summer 2009

Anticipated Completion:  Summer 2011

 

I-75 between SR 247/US 41/Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road

Counties:  Bibb

Location: I-75 between SR 247/US 41/Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road (MP 167 to MP 169)

Brief Description: 3.30 miles of Widening on I-75, relocation of existing SB exit to SR 247/US 41

Contract Amount: $54.5 million

Start date: Summer 2010

Anticipated Completion:  Spring 2013

 

I-85 between Forrest Road and SR 34 (Bullsboro Drive)

Counties:  Meriwether and Coweta

Location: I-85 beginning at MP 33 (Forrest Road) and continuing to SR 34 (Bullsboro Drive)

Brief Description: 14.33 miles of widening for additional lanes on I-85/SR403 and includes reconstruction of 17 bridges; CCTV and Video Detection Systems are included.

Contract Amount: $218.02 million

Start date: Winter 2007

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2010 (JULY 31)

 

I-85 near SR 34 (Bullsboro Drive) to the Fulton County Line                                                                                          

Counties:  Coweta

Location:  I-85 beginning near MP 47 (SR 34) in Coweta County and continues to the Fulton County Line

Brief Description: 9.705 mile widening for additional lanes, paving and shoulder reconstruction on I-85/SR403 beginning at SR 34 (Bullsboro Drive) and extending to the Fulton County line

Contract Amount: $107.4 million

Start date: Fall 2006

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2010 (JULY 31)

 

I-85 between Fulton County Line to SR 74 (Exit 61)

Counties:  Coweta and Fulton

Location: I-85 from Collingsworth Road (Exit 56) to SR 74/Senoia Road (Exit 61 in Fulton County)

Brief Description: 4.045 miles of widening for additional lanes, paving and shoulder reconstruction

Contract Amount: $51.3 million

Start date: Winter 2007

Anticipated Completion:  Summer 2010 (JULY 31)

 

I-185 Widening

Counties:  Muscogee

Location: I-185 from St Mary's road to Victory Drive 520

Brief Description: 4.63 Kilometers of widening for additional lanes

Contract Amount: $51.6 million

Start date: Summer 2008

Anticipated Completion:  Summer 2010

 

I-16 Concrete Rehabilitation

Counties: Twiggs/Bleckley/Laurens

Location: I-16 beginning at SR 96 and extending east of SR 278

Brief Description: 15.708 miles of concrete pavement rehabilitation on I-16/SR 404 beginning at SR 96 and extending east of SR 278

Contract Amount: $22.2 million

Start date: Summer 2010

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2011 


  • Transportation District 4 (Southwest Georgia) 

I-75 Reconstruction – Three Projects

Counties: Cook, Tift, Crisp

Location: I-75 mainline widening and reconstruction projects extending from Cook County to Crisp County

Brief Description: 28 miles of reconstruction on the I-75 mainline; work will include the widening and reconstruction of several mainline bridges along this corridor

Contract Amount: Combined amount of all I-75 reconstruction work in Lowndes, Cook, Tift, Turner and Crisp counties is expected to exceed $640 million

Start date:  Work has already begun on all three projects

Anticipated Completion:  Each has individual completion dates, but all five projects are expected to be completed by Fall/Winter 2010

 

I-75 Resurfacing

Counties: Lowndes

Location: I-75 from the Florida State line to Exit 18/S.R. 133/St. Augustine Rd/Valdosta

Brief Description: 17.25 miles of milling, inlay, and plant mix resurfacing on the I-7/S.R.401

Contract Amount: $19.8 million

Start date:  Spring 2010

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2010

 

 

  • Transportation District 5 (Southeast Georgia) 

I-95 Widening – Five Projects

Counties: Glynn, McIntosh

Location:  Five I-95 widening and reconstruction projects from approximately milepost 32 to milepost 59.

Brief Description: Widening I-95 from a four-lane to a six-lane roadway; work will included the widening and reconstruction of several bridges along this corridor.

Contract Amount: Combined amount of all I-95 widening work in the Brunswick area is expected to exceed $560 million.

Start date:  All projects began by Fall 2008.

Anticipated Completion:  Each has individual completion dates, but all five projects are expected to be complete by Winter 2010

 

I-16/I-516 interchange bridge rehabilitation

County: Chatham

Location:  I-16 at MP 162 and I-516 at MP 5

Brief Description: Bridge rehabilitation on I-16 over I-516 and Stiles Avenue – multiple lane shifts/traffic interruptions on I-16 as well as the ramps between I-16 and I-516.

Contract Amount: $2.2 million

Start date:  Spring 2009

Anticipated Completion:  Fall 2010

 

Bridge Replacement on Diamond Causeway over Skidaway Narrows

Counties: Chatham

Location:  Bridge over Skidaway Narrows

Brief Description: Design-build project consisting of construction of bridge and approaches to replace the existing bascule bridge over the Skidaway Narrows. 

Contract Amount: $22.4 million

Start date:  Late Summer 2010

Anticipated Completion:  Fall 2012

 

I-95 Resurfacing

Counties: Bryan and Chatham

Location:  Milepost 87 to Milepost 99 

Brief Description: 11.7 miles of resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction.

Contract Amount: $8.4 million

Start date:  Late Summer 2010

Anticipated Completion:  Winter 2010

 

US 1/SR 4 Widening

County: Appling

Location:  US 1/SR 4 from Baxley to the Bacon County line

Brief Description: 9.1 miles of widening and reconstruction from a two lane facility to a divided 4 lane highway.  The project includes bridge replacements over Blackwater and Sweetwater creeks.

Contract Amount: $36.3 million

Start date:  Winter 2010

Anticipated Completion:  Late Summer 2010

 

 

  • Transportation District 6 (Northwest Georgia) 

Relocation of SR 113 and Widening of Old Alabama Road Phase II

County: Bartow

Location:  Old Alabama Road from Old Alabama Road to SR 293

Brief Description: 2.2 miles of widening and reconstruction on Old Alabama Road, including two new bridges over CXS Railroad

Contract Amount: $24.3 million

Start date: Fall 2008

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2011

 

Widening SR 20

County: Bartow

Location:  SR 20 from Dean Road/Simpson Circle to Holly Drive

Brief Description: 2.6 miles of widening and construction of truck passing lanes and turning lanes

Contract Amount: $10.3 million

Start date: Fall 2008

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2011

 

Resurfacing of SR 20

County: Cherokee

Location: SR 20 from the Bartow County line to Canton Road Spur

Brief Description: 9.3 miles of resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction

Contract Amount: $1.8 million

Start date: Work has not begun

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2011

 

Widening of SR 146/Cloud Springs Road

County: Catoosa

Location: SR 146/Cloud Springs Road from Redbud Avenue to I-75, including the construction of a bridge over West Chickamauga Creek

Brief Description: 2.3 miles of widening for additional lanes on SR 146/Cloud Springs Road

Contract Amount: $22.8 million

Start date: Fall 2007

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2010

 

Southwest Rome Bypass

County: Floyd

Location:  US 27 from south of the Coosa River to SR 1

Brief Description: 5.48 miles of widening and reconstruction on US 27/SR 1(Rome Bypass), including the construction of five bridges with the project's limits 

Contract Amount: $54.6 million

Start date: Spring 2008

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2011

 

New Turning Lanes on SR 53

County: Floyd

Location: SR 53 from the East Rome Bypass to the Gordon County line 

Brief Description: 7.9 miles of turn lane and median crossover construction, including traffic signal upgrades and the installation of intersection video detection systems

Contract Amount: $6.9 million

Start date: Winter 2009

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2011

 

  • Transportation District 7 (Metro Atlanta)

 

I-20 Resurfacing

 

Counties: Dekalb

Location:  I-20

Brief Description: The project consists of 9.877 miles of milling and plant mix resurfacing on I-20/SR 402 beginning west of Columbia Drive and extending to SR 12/Turner Hill Rd.

Contract Amount: $28.5 million

Start date:  Summer 2010

Anticipated Completion:  Spring 2011

 

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