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I-985 slab replacement work moves to nights, resumes Monday
Concrete slab replacement on Interstate 985, which resumes Monday, will move to nights instead of the daytime, as it caused massive traffic backups previously. - photo by Erin O. Smith

With the new year comes a new batch of work on Interstate 985.

Concrete slab replacements, which started in July on the busy freeway, are set to resume Monday.

The good news for motorists is the work is set to take place overnight, or 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., said Katie Strickland, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

“Since we saw such a significant amount of delays during the daytime work, we will begin work in late evening,” she said.

Daytime lane closures for road improvements caused heavy traffic backups last summer.

Crews “will start half a mile from the beginning of I-985” at Interstate 85 and continue north, Strickland said.

The work, which calls for crews to cut out portions of old pavement and replace them with new slabs, will take place in sections along I-985, up to Exit 24 in Gainesville.

Portions that have been completed as part of the ongoing effort are on northbound and southbound lanes in Gwinnett and Hall.

For the latest round of work, “there will be a lane closure warning two miles (beforehand), with signage, cones and barrels,” Strickland said.

The DOT had planned to start it before the new year, but the project was delayed by weather.

Rain has returned the past couple of days and, according to the National Weather Service, is in the forecast through much of this week. A slight chance of snow is predicted for Thursday and Friday nights.