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Sections of HOV lanes to be closed for work on toll lanes

DULUTH — While the existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes are remaining in operation until a new express lane system opens on Interstate 85, the lanes will be closed for part of this week.

For the project to install 16 miles of fiber and signage to create toll lanes, crews working along the median wall will close the lanes northbound each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and southbound from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The work on Monday will be between Duluth Highway and Old Peachtree with a second work zone a mile north of Old Peachtree to one mile north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. On Tuesday, the work will continue one mile north of Old Peachtree to one mile north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee.

On Wednesday, three work zones will be in place — from Ga. Highway 316 to Ga. Highway 120; from one mile north of Old Peachtree to one mile north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee; and from Pleasantdale Road to one mile south of Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

The next day, the work zone will be centered between Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road, and on Friday it will be between Northcrest Road and Pleasantdale Road.

Only once this week do crews plan to close lanes at night.

The closure will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday for work along the median wall between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail-Lilburn Road. Work is expected to wrap up in both directions by 5 a.m. the next day.

During the weekend, crews are expected to work on the concrete foundations for the new overhead structures. That work will require lane closures from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday of the two left lanes of I-85 north and one left lane of I-85 south. The lanes will be closed between Northcrest Road and Indian Trail-Lilburn Road.

For updates on construction, go to www.511ga.org.