Crews to work on HOT lanes

DULUTH — Construction crews will work day and night this week on a project to create toll lanes on Interstate 85.

This week’s work plan includes overnight closings of the outside lane of I-85 northbound at two locations for directional boring.

Work is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Boggs Road to north of Ga. Highway 20, and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Pleasant Hill Road and Ga. Highway 316.

“If the weather cooperates, crews will bore under the interstate,” said district construction engineer Randall Davis of the Georgia Department of Transportation. “Boring is the first step to running the hundreds of miles of conduit needed for the technology that will operate the Express Lane system.”

Crews will also work overnight on Ga. 316 for guardrail installation. If weather permits, the outside lane of Ga. 316 eastbound and westbound will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Boggs Road to Sugarloaf Parkway.

On Monday and Tuesday, work is scheduled during the daytime in DeKalb County, so crews can inspect and repair existing equipment, the press release said. That work is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the outside lane of I-85 southbound between Pleasantdale Road and Chamblee Tucker Road.

The $11.7 million project, where the current high occupancy vehicle lanes will be converted to high occupancy toll lanes, includes installation of 16 miles of fiber and signage on I-85 between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road and along Ga. 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway.

For updated traffic and construction information, go to www.511ga.org.