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Eyes on the Road: DOT outlines work restrictions for new bridge on Ga. 284
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As long-awaited work gets underway on the new bridge on Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road at Lake Lanier, the DOT last week released a fact sheet that features these work-hour restrictions:

Lane closures are allowed weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and overnights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Lane closures are allowed weekends starting at 6 p.m. Fridays and lasting until 6 a.m. Mondays, unless a boating event is scheduled at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.

Work on the roadway and in the water will stop at least 12 hours before an event begins.

The contractor, E.R. Snell of Snellville, must maintain two-way boat traffic on Lake Lanier through the project area at all times, and won’t block the boat ramp area parking or launch area except for the areas being changed or rebuilt.

A Ga. 284 detour for construction of the pedestrian culvert/tunnel construction cannot be longer than 60 days and must occur during the Hall County School System’s summer break.

Equipment and materials were scheduled to be delivered to the site today, and, during the first week of November, crews may begin working in the lake, preparing to drill for new concrete support structures for the new bridge, according to the DOT.

The $8.7 million project calls for a bridge with 12-foot lanes, an 8-foot bike path in each direction and a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284. The completion date is Dec. 31, 2015.

The existing bridge was built in 1958.

Ga. 400 demolition work underway

Demolition of the Ga. 400 Toll Plaza began Friday, marking the beginning of the end to tolls on the Ga. 400 Extension from Interstate 285 to Interstate 85 in Fulton County.

The demolition will be divided into four phases.

The first phase involves restriping to create a third lane in the Peach Pass electronic lanes and modification/removal of about one-third of toll-related signs from areas approaching the Toll Plaza, according to the State Road and Tollway Authority.

That work will last two to three weeks, with 66 signs removed or modified before and after toll collection ends the week before Thanksgiving.

Second and third phases call for the completion of restriping and the installation of concrete barriers between the Peach Pass and cash lanes in anticipation of the eventual shifting of traffic into the electronic lanes when toll collection ends, according to the SRTA.

Once traffic is shifted, no heavy demolition work is expected to take place during the winter holidays.

In the final phase, tollbooth demolition, which includes removal of plaza tollbooths and canopy, as well as reinforcement and filling in of tunnel stairwells, is expected to be completed between January and next fall.

Portable message signs have been placed on Ga. 400 to alert motorists of work ahead.

Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan has been contracted for the construction part of the project.

In preparation for the project, the SRTA held four public information sessions — including two in Cumming and the last one taking place Thursday in Atlanta.

Ga. 400 also runs through Forsyth and Dawson counties before ending at Ga. 60 in Lumpkin County.

The total cost for the demolition project is $4.5 million.

The Ga. 400 Extension was completed in 1993. In July 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the state would pay off its bond debt, some four years ahead of schedule, and end tolls by December 2013.

Deal made the announcement a couple of weeks before a regional sales tax vote that would fund future improvements to the state’s highways — a referendum that would be soundly defeated in nine of 12 regions throughout Georgia, including ones featuring counties in metro Atlanta and the Georgia Mountains.

At the time, Deal said he hoped the announcement would bolster the public’s faith in such projects.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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