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Construction of Exit 14 on I-985 could finally be wrapping up
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The bridge over interstate 985 at exit 14 is being redone because of failed strength tests. - photo by Austin Steele

The opening of the entire Exit 14 off Interstate 985 appears to be on the horizon.

Road crews are set to spend Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 21, pouring driving surfaces on “remaining spans that required replacement due to a materials issue,” according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The work will take place from 7 a.m. to noon both days. No lane closures will be required for the work.

However, Interstate 98 drivers along I-985 “will see work ongoing on the overpass and concrete trucks in the work zone,” the DOT said in a press release Monday, Nov. 18.

“After these two spans of the bridge's driving surface are completed, testing will be done and then additional work to construct a barrier wall will be scheduled,” the release states.

Completion of the bridge means that motorists will be able to finally drive the full $34 million interchange, which will connect Martin Road at Falcons Parkway on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

Since Sept. 3, motorists have only been able to use Exit 14’s entrance and exit ramps.

The overpass appeared finished earlier this year, spanning I-985 while the rest of the interchange project was taking shape. But then, three of the driving surface’s four spans failed strength tests.

A redo of the spans started in May but wasn’t done by Aug. 31 — the deadline in contractor G.P.’s Enterprises Inc.’s contract.

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