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McGinnis work to close lanes on I-85

SUWANEE -- Gwinco Boulevard isn't just getting a new name. It's also getting a new entrance.

The street, which the Suwanee City Council redubbed Celebration Boulevard last week, will become a right-turn-in and right-turn-out-only entrance at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on Monday, part of several changes coming as part of the McGinnis Ferry Road extension project.

Construction is nearing the end for the $20.4 million project extending McGinnis Ferry Road 2.67 miles from its current terminus, across Interstate 85 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee. Eighty percent of the work is done, and E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. is set for a Sept. 30 completion date.

But Monday will bring some big milestones affecting drivers.

"Monday night crews will close the inside or left lanes of Interstate 85 northbound and southbound from 8 p.m. overnight to 5 a.m. to remove wooden supports not needed anymore on the bridge and to paint the bridge," said Georgia DOT district construction engineer Randall Davis. "We are also planning to begin laying the top layer of asphalt Monday night so lanes will be closed overnight on Burnette Road. Work on Burnette will take three or four days depending on weather; then paving crews will move to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

"The biggest change planned for Monday night is that Gwinco Boulevard will become right-turn-in and right-turn-out only at Lawrenceville Suwanee Road," he said about the newly renamed street. "No left turns will be allowed from Gwinco to Lawrenceville-Suwanee."