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Eyes on the Road: I-85 repair work finishes early
Repairs took just days instead of 2 weeks
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It turns out that Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews needed only a few days instead of two weeks to repair asphalt on an Interstate 85 stretch that reached Ga. 20/Buford Drive near the Mall of Georgia.

Last week, the DOT was warning about traffic delays in overnight work on northbound lanes between Exit 99 at Ga. 140/Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Ga. 20, or Exit 115.

“There is no good time to work on the interstate in Gwinnett County, but the best of the worst times is overnight weekdays, so that is our plan,” District Engineer Brent Cook said at the time.

And then, three days later, the DOT announced that work was done.

“Our maintenance staff did a great job getting the work done quickly and thoroughly minimizing the impact to motorists,” Cook said, adding that two crews worked on the project.

Area road planners set to meet Tuesday

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

The MPO is the area’s chief road planning agency, and the committee is its decision-making arm.

The group is set to vote on adjusting its short-range plan to include higher costs for right-of-way as part of the planned widening of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between McEver Road and Lanier Islands resort in South Hall.

Originally estimated to be $5 million, property costs for the project are now at $10.25 million.

Center closed for renovations

The Georgia Welcome Center on I-85 South in Lavonia is closed for renovation.

Work involves replacing most major systems in the 16,640-square-foot building. New drywall and painting also are part of the $720,000 project.

“When the welcome center reopens, it will be like new from the roof to the parking lot,” Cook said.

The building, which opened in 1996, also will feature some environmental improvements, including low-flow, automatic-flush toilets and energy-efficient lighting.

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

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