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Sign replacement to cause delays on I-985 S. at Exit 24
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Work should begin at noon to replace an Interstate 985 traffic information sign that had been damaged several years ago by a passing truck.

The work was set to start at 10 a.m., but "the crane that we had planned to use broke down," said Teri Pope, spokeswoman in the Georgia Department of Transportation's Gainesville office.

"We have found another crane and it's en route to Gainesville. It will probably be there about 11:30 a.m."

And installation of the sign in the southbound lanes north of Exit 24 is now set to start at 2 p.m., instead of 1 p.m.

The new sign is actually a recycled one, coming from a sign replacement project in Atlanta, Pope said.

Delays are expected on I-985 south as traffic is paced for the work, Pope said.

"The inside and outside shoulders of the interstate will be closed at the sign so work can occur," she said.

In 2005, the DOT had installed four information signs on I-985.

Two signs were placed over northbound lanes south of Exit 16 and south of Exit 22, and two signs were placed over southbound lanes north of Exit 24 and north of Exit 17.

The cost for all four signs was $1,086,392.

A truck that hadn't lowered its boom smacked the Exit 24 sign soon after the sign was installed, rendering it inoperable.

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