DOT to close lane to remove light poles on 85

LAWRENCEVILLE - Work will continue this week to remove poles for construction along Interstate 85. That means lane closures could affect the commutes of thousands of drivers.

After closing portions of the interstate Friday and Monday to take down traffic cameras, Department of Transportation officials announced the lane closures will continue to give workers time to take down light poles in the way of the construction of a newly designed interchange with Ga. Highway 316.

Beginning today, the inside lane of I-85 northbound will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Pleasant Hill Road to just north of Ga. 316, said DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry. The work will continue through Friday to remove the poles from the interstate's median.

Crews were scheduled to complete work this morning to install a temporary barrier wall along the outside shoulder of

I-85 from north of Ga. 316 to Pleasant Hill.

This week, the DOT has no plans to close Ga. 316, but McMurry warned drivers to remember the "squeeze" - an earlier merge for traffic heading from Ga. 316 westbound to I-85 southbound. For traffic updates throughout the three-year construction period, go to www.georgianavigator.com.