Lanes slated to close for Ga. 316 work

LAWRENCEVILLE - Traffic on both Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 316 will be disturbed next week because of construction at the intersection of the two roads.

For the first time since the work began earlier this year, crews will close portions of Ga. 316.

If weather permits, the outside lanes in both directions will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday so that crews can clear trees along the side of the road.

The lanes will be closed from Herrington Road to Breckinridge eastbound Monday and Tuesday and westbound Wednesday and Thursday.

On Monday, crews will also begin work on I-85 southbound from Boggs Road to the Ga. 316 merge.

"Crews will be placing temporary barrier walls in the area of construction for the new flyover bridge that will bring (Ga.) 316 westbound traffic into I-85 southbound," said DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry. "The closure will occur first in the inside or left lane and once that 500 foot long section of barrier wall has been placed that lane will be opened hopefully about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Then work will shift to the outside or right lane, closing that lane. We hope to finish placing the outside barrier wall by 5 a.m. Tuesday but if we don't get finished, work will resume in that area after morning rush hour about 10 a.m."

To receive the latest information on lane closures during the three-year construction project, go to the Department of Transportation's Web site at www.georgianavigator.com.

And remember that the speed limit on Ga. 316 has decreased from 55 mph to 45 mph from Sugarloaf Parkway to the I-85 merge.