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HOT lane construction continues

DULUTH — Lane closures will continue this week on Interstate 85 as a contractor works day and night to convert high occupancy vehicle lanes to toll lanes.

The work plan requires the overnight closing of the right lane of I-85 northbound for directional boring under the interstate, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The right lane of I-85 North from Steve Reynolds Boulevard to Ga. Highway 316 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night this week.

Daytime work is planned through Wednesday in two locations.

On I-85 northbound, crews will close the right lane from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. just south of Boggs Road to just north of Boggs Road to tie in communications boxes with conduit.

On I-85 southbound, crews will work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard exit ramp. Traffic will be shifted left while crews work in the right lane of the ramp.

The project includes installation of 16 miles of fiber optic cable and signage along I-85 between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road and along Ga. 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway. The $11.7 million project was awarded to World Fiber Technologies Inc. of Alpharetta.

When completed, registered transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fueled vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers will be allowed to use the left high occupancy toll, or HOT, lane for free, while single- and double-occupant vehicles will be allowed to use the lane if they choose to pay a variably priced toll.