Tuesday, March 14, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - If you think driving the speed limit hurts, then Wednesday night on Interstate 85 will be torture.
Starting at 11 p.m., traffic will be slowed to 45 mph as the state continues expanding the Ga. Highway 316 interchange.
The rolling roadblocks in both directions will let Georgia Power hang new electric lines at the Old Norcross Road overpass and let workers remove a large overhead directional sign near the bridge.
Off-duty cops will pace drivers about every 10 minutes until 5 a.m. Thursday, the state Department of Transportation announced Monday.
Northbound traffic will be slowed starting at Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Norcross, while southbound traffic will be checked beginning at Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee.
One lane of the Old Norcross Road bridge near Gwinnett Place Mall will also be closed.
The state is adding 13 bridges and 31 miles of new lanes as part of the $147 million project. Work began in February and is expected to last three years.
Afterward, motorists on Ga. 316 heading toward Atlanta will no longer have to merge onto I-85 from the left side where traffic moves faster. Instead, a "fly-over" bridge will let them enter from the right.
Also, carpool lanes will be extended up Ga. 316 to the first overpass, and new collector-distributor lanes will let drivers jump between exits without merging into the main travel lanes of
Information about lane closures and general traffic conditions is available at www.georgianavigator.com.