Rain delays blasting, beam setting on 85

LAWRENCEVILLE - An expected rain will keep the construction on Interstate 85 at bay today, but crews will get back to work Thursday on the largest single construction project in state history.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope said blasting originally scheduled for today has been moved to between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, if weather allows. Crews are also hoping to blast about the same time Friday.

When the blasts occur, traffic on both I-85 and Ga. Highway 316 will be stopped for about 10 minutes.

Plans to close a lane so crews could set beams for a new bridge have also been delayed.

Pope said the DOT did not want to have a lane closure on the same day as blasting, so Thursday's scheduled work on the beam was put off. She said the work would likely occur next week.

For updates on the $147 million project, go to www.georgianavigator.com.