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Public meetings on I-85 widening set this week
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I-85 widening open houses

• 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Mill Creek High School Media Center, 4400 Braselton Highway, Hoschton

• 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Braselton Community Room, 5040 Ga. 53, Braselton

Public information meetings about the widening of a 24-mile stretch of Interstate 85 skirting Hall County are set for this week.

The Georgia Department of Transportation proposal will be discussed in open houses Tuesday at Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Highway, Hoschton, and Thursday at the Braselton Community Room, 5040 Ga. 53, Braselton.

Both are set to run 4-7 p.m.

There will be no formal presentation, but people can view maps and speak with DOT staff.

The DOT plans to widen the busy interstate in two separate projects.

One project involves construction between Interstate 985, which runs to Gainesville, and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway. The other project calls for widening I-85 between Ga. 211 and U.S. 129 in Jefferson.

Traffic off the Ga. 211 and U.S. 129 exits feed into Hall County. Ga. 211 runs by Friendship Road/Ga. 347, which leads to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

The project calls for three lanes where there are now two and proposes to replace overpasses at Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch Road, Jesse Cronic Road and Ga. 332.

The overpasses would be closed, with detours in place, during construction.

Spout Springs Road is planned for widening in two phases between Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch and Thompson Mill Road in Braselton. Construction could begin in a few years.

The grass median from Hamilton Mill Road to Ga. 211 would be replaced with a concrete median barrier and inside shoulder lanes.

A Peach Pass lane extension is under construction up to Hamilton Mill Road, and a striped buffer lane between those lanes and the general-purpose lanes will become a general-purpose lane north of Hamilton Mill.

A timeline for construction on the I-85 widening won’t be available until a contractor is hired, DOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland has said.

That process is set to begin in August.

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