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Interstate 85/985 work still has long way to go
Concrete replacement to go through March; bridgework through 2018
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Traffic slows for construction on I-985 southbound. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Sorry Interstate 985 commuters, you will not get a winter break.

The concrete slab replacement project, which started in July, is on track to be completed by sometime in March.

The project includes the length of I-985 and the 8-mile Ga. 365/U.S. 23 stretch just north of I-985 up to Ga. 52 in Lula. Both directions are included in the work.

This week, work has concentrated near Exit  8 on the northbound side of the interstate and near mile marker 11 on the southbound side.

On the Ga. 365 portion of the roadway, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said work has reached mile marker 25 on the northbound side.

Strickland said “drivers need to be aware to slow down and merge as soon as the work zone signs are present.”

A bridge painting project is also underway on I-985, Strickland said.

Other current DOT interstate projects include the addition of express lanes on Interstate 85 from Old Peachtree Road up through Hamilton Mill Road in northern Gwinnett County. Also, a new bridge and a bridge replacement are planned on I-85.

The new bridge is necessary because the I-85 northbound express lane will cross over the I-985 northbound ramp.

The I-85 southbound bridge over I-985 northbound will be replaced, as well, said Jill Goldberg, a DOT spokeswoman.

Construction on those I-85 projects is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

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