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24-mile stretch of I-85 may be widened
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to widen 24 miles of Interstate 85 through Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson counties.

I-85 widening open houses

• 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6, Mill Creek High School Media Center, 4400 Braselton Highway, Hoschton

• 4-7 p.m. Dec. 8, Braselton Community Room, 5040 Ga. 53, Braselton

About 24 miles of Interstate 85 could be getting wider from north of 985 to just north of U.S. 129 in Jefferson, which is also the exit for Gainesville.

The project calls for three lanes where there are now two and proposes to replace overpasses at Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch Road, Jesse Cronic Road and Ga. 332.

The overpasses would be closed, with detours in place, during construction.

The grass median from Hamilton Mill Road to Ga. 211 would be replaced with a concrete median barrier and inside shoulder lanes.

A Peach Pass lane extension is under construction up to Hamilton Mill Road, and a striped buffer lane between those lanes and the general-purpose lanes will become a general-purpose lane north of Hamilton Mill.

The Georgia Department of Transportation proposal will be discussed in two open houses next month: Dec. 6 at Mill Creek High School and Dec. 8 at the Braselton Community Room.

There will be no formal presentation, but maps will be available.

A timeline for construction won’t be available until a contractor is hired, DOT District 1 spokeswoman Katie Strickland said. That process is set to begin in August.