I-85/GA 316 Interchange: HOV lanes open

LAWRENCEVILLE - Traffic near and around the Ga. Highway 316 and Interstate 85 interchange should be moving a little faster today, especially for cars with passengers.

Beginning late Thursday night, Georgia's Department of Transportation started opening the high occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate 85 southbound and Ga. 316 westbound as the interchange project got one more completed notch on its belt.

"We are one step closer to getting this great project finished," GDOT engineer Russell McMurry said in a statement. "We ask the public to bear with us as we wrap up work on the 85 northbound and 316 eastbound HOV lanes."

The $147 million interchange reconstruction project, which began in January 2006, includes two new flyover bridges from Ga. 316 westbound to Interstate 85 southbound and to Pleasant Hill Road, as well as a congestion relieving collector-distributor system. The project should be finished by the end of the year, McMurry said.

"There is still some work to do but we are on schedule," he said.