Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Officials worked all day on Monday to clean up gasoline from a tanker crash along U.S. Highway 29 near Dacula. Some of the fuel ended up in a nearby creek.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Drivers will continue to experience a "rough ride" on a stretch of U.S. Highway 29, until crews repair the roadway damaged by a tanker spill Monday.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday they have delayed the repair work unti Monday, if weather cooperates, allowing environmental officials to continue the clean-up through the weekend.
The stretch just north of Ga. Highway 316 is open to traffic but is a "rough ride" because the liquid asphalt was dissolved by pooling gas during the aftermath of the crash, a press release said. Much of the smaller aggregate was washed away by the clean-up work, leaving only a base layer to support the driving surface.
For the repairs, which include removing damaged asphalt and repaving the travel lanes and shoulder of the road, crews must close one lane and shoulder of the road at a time. Traffic will be led through the area by a pilot truck, during the construction period, expected to begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m.
Engineers estimate 200 to 300 tons of asphalt is needed to repave the damaged areas, the release said.
Pacing overnight on I-85
BUFORD -- Crews will pace traffic for two weeks, to work on the Ga. Highway 324 bridge over Interstate 85.
One lane and the shoulder of I-85 northbound and southbound will be closed overnight, beginning Wednesday, through April 24, when weather allows. While the closure is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., pacig will begin at midnight and occur four to five times before morning rush hour, a press release said.
The closure and pacing are needed for cleaning and painting the new bridge over the interstate, one of the final steps in the $11.2 million construction job to widen the bridge. The work is expected to be complete by the end of May.-- Camie Young