Storms delay work on Highway 78 lanes

SNELLVILLE - Sunday evening storms caused the state's Department of Transportation to temporarily scrap plans to remove the final section of the U.S. Highway 78 reversible lane system.

Plans had called for the final section of those lanes to be removed before the Monday morning commute.

If the weather was good, crews were ready Monday night to begin work on removing the section from Highpoint Road to Ga. Highway 124.

"Due to the rain, work has been rescheduled to occur overnight Monday and the reversible lanes will be gone by Tuesday morning," DOT Engineer Russell McMurry said.

DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said rain delays are built into the schedule and that the estimated November completion date for the $31 million project shouldn't be impacted.

DOT urges travelers to call 511, a free phone service, for updated information about this or any other construction project taking place on interstates and state routes. More information is available at www.511ga.org.