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April 18, 2008
from Craig Slomon, Ga. D.O.T.

TIFTON - Contractors for Georgia DOT will perform major reconstruction of Interstate 75 from the Lowndes/Cook County Line to the Crisp/Dooly County Line.  To ensure motorist and contractor safety, this work will warrant lane closures and traffic shifts along this section of I-75, which could cause short delays. 

The DOT reports the following construction activities are tentatively planned through April 24, 2008.

COOK/TIFT:   Contractors will have various construction activities  between Exits 49 and 30 northbound and southbound. Darden Road Bridge is temporarily closed for road construction. There will be no lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

COOK:    Contractors have shifted southbound traffic onto newly constructed pavement between Exit 49 and Exit 39.  The southbound Rest Area in Cook County is temporarily closed for road construction.

TURNER:    Contractors have various construction lane closures planned beginning at milepost 73 to milepost 84, northbound and southbound. There will be no lane closures from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CRISP:   Contractors have various construction lane closures planned beginning at State Route 300 to the Dooly County Line, northbound and southbound.  There will be no lane closures from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The DOT notes that the above construction schedules are proposed activities planned by the contractors and may change due to weather conditions or other factors. 

As in any work zone, motorists should pay special attention to traffic control devices, signing and marking, and posted speed limits to ensure safe passage through the work zone.  Motorist also should double your usual following distance; get into the correct lane well in-advance; pay close attention to construction equipment; and be aware of your surroundings.

Since 1973, 56 state Georgia DOT workers have been killed in work zone accidents.  Nationally, Georgia is close to the top for work zone fatalities, but an on-going Work-Zone Safety Awareness Program, which began in 2001, seems to be getting the word out.  Georgia's Work Zone Safety Awareness Program highlights the fact that motorists are more likely to die in a work zone accident than workers.  Fines for exceeding the limit in a work zone could run up to $2000 per violation.

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.  For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (www.dot.ga.gov).