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Eyes on the Road: Maintenance work this week on I-85
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Interstate 85 motorists need to take precautions if they travel the busy roadway in Northeast Georgia this week.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning maintenance work in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.

Guardrail repairs will be made on the shoulder at damaged areas. Another crew will restripe faded pavement markings, which will require rolling lane closures on exit ramps at several interchanges. Motorists can expect to see work at Exit 137, or Ga. 11/U.S. 129; Exit 140, Ga. 82/Dry Pond Road; Exit 147, Ga. 98; Exit 149, Ga. 15/U.S. 441; and Exit 154, Ga. 63/Martin Bridge Road.

In Banks County, a crew plans to replace concrete sections of I-85 south at Ga. 63, closing the right or outside lane weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work is dependent on equipment delivery.

Most of the I-85 work will only require shoulder or median lane closures. A single lane closure and/or flagman will be used for restriping.

The work is set to begin today and end Friday.

If emergency response is needed at a crash scene or if emergency repairs are needed, the schedule will change, DOT officials said.

Meanwhile, maintenance activities are continuing along other stretches throughout Northeast Georgia.Motorists should watch for mowing on U.S. 129 and Ga. 365 and asphalt patching on Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in Hall County.

Elbert bridge closing for demolition

The DOT is preparing to tear down a 70-year-old bridge in Elbert County.

The bridge on Plantation Road over Coldwater Creek will be closed to traffic for demolition and construction of a new bridge beginning Monday.

The bridge is only one lane wide and Plantation Road is a dirt road. An average of some 155 vehicles per day travel on it daily.

The new $602,653 bridge will feature two travel lanes and wide shoulders, creating a refuge outside of the travel lanes if needed. Also, the project includes new roadway approaching the bridge.

The contract completion date is July 31 and the contractor is Rogers Bridge Co.

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

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