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What GDOT officials mean by I-985's 'fresh coat of paint' next year
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Construction crews will begin $9.5 million worth of road improvements to Interstate 985 in mid-February, replacing pavement markings and smoothing areas where previous slab replacements were made.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced the work last week after formalizing a contract with Diamond Surface Inc. of Rogers, Minn.

Since Georgia lawmakers enacted a 26-cent excise tax in 2015 (generating an estimated $830 million to $850 million annually) to fund new road construction projects across the state, crews have been busy on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-985.

The biggest project is a $34 million diamond interchange connecting Martin Road at Ga. 13 on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

Work on this project began in late 2017, with a completion date scheduled for fall 2019.

GDOT officials said the February work on I-985 will feel like adding a new “fresh coat of paint” and sanding to the major highway connecting Northeast Georgia with metro Atlanta.

According to the GDOT, lane closures for the project will be allowed overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Entrance and exit ramps will remain open at all times during this work.