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Road projects to tie up traffic all week

LAWRENCEVILLE - A week of traffic headaches will begin Sunday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has plans to close portions of major roadways five days in a row.

The first closure will occur on Ga. Highway 316, where crews are working to replace the entire eastbound outside lane from Ga. Highway 20 to U.S. Highway 29.

Rescheduled from earlier this week, the plan is to close the intersection with Progress Center Avenue on the east side of Ga. 316.

The detour route will be Progress Center Avenue to Airport Road to Hurricane Shoals Road to Ga. 316.

Then, the Department of Transportation has plans to work the rest of the week on the redesign of Ga. 316 at Interstate 85.

To work on a new bridge for Old Norcross Road to cross the interstate, crews will close a portion of the interstate each day.

"The inside lane will be closed beginning at Pleasant Hill Road to State Route 316 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. so crews can pour concrete that will become the caps of the new bridge," DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry said. "These closures are planned for June 19 through the 23rd."

Crews are readying the area along I-85 southbound just north of Old Norcross Road for blasting to resume. Depending on the preparations, blasting could occur Friday between noon and 1 p.m. or Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m.

If blasting occurs, traffic will be stopped on the Interstate for about 10 minutes as the blast occurs. Blasting will only occur one of the two days. If the preparations aren't completed the blasting won't occur until sometime the following week.

During the blasting, I-85 northbound traffic will be stopped at Steve Reynolds Boulevard and I-85 southbound traffic will be stopped at Ga. 316. Traffic on Old Norcross Road will also be stopped.

To keep up with all the planned road closures and construction updates, go to the DOT's Web site at www.georgianavigator.com.