Road projects to affect I-85 traffic

LAWRENCEVILLE — Work on two projects will have an effect on Interstate 85 traffic.

If weather permits, the beam setting for the Ga. Highway 324 bridge will continue this week.

The beams are expected to be delivered Monday and Tuesday, so work is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Those days, crews will close the outside lane of I-85 south beginning at 8 p.m., leaving only one lane open southbound until 5 a.m.

“Traffic pacing will occur several times each night from (midnight) to 5 a.m. affecting all lanes of interstate traffic, southbound and northbound,” said Georgia DOT district construction engineer Randall Davis. “Pacing requires traffic to be slowed then stopped for about 10 minutes while each beam section is lifted from the interstate up to the new 324 bridge. We are planning to stop traffic six times each night as beams are hoisted into place. This work is very sensitive to the wind and could be delayed for that reason.”

The bridge beams are each six feet tall and 108 feet long.

Crews will also work overnight on the high-occupancy toll lane conversion on I-85.

The current high-occupancy-vehicle lanes in both directions will be closed overnight this week, so crews can remove the existing median wall and install new equipment needed for the express lane system.

“Portions of the HOV lane will be closed (during the day) except during peak travel times,” Davis said.

For directional boring work, the outside lane of I-85 northbound will close every night from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to north of Indian Trail-Lilburn Road and from south of Pleasant Hill Road to south of Ga. 316.