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Ga. 324 bridge lanes opening delayed

BUFORD -- The end of a traffic bottleneck along Ga. Highway 324 will take a little longer than expected.

Officials announced Friday that Monday's milestone of opening all four lanes of a new bridge over Interstate 85 has been postponed.

The delay comes because of the need to finish earthwork in the median and along the shoulder of the roadway, a press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

A new opening date has not been scheduled.

Years ago, Gwinnett County crews widened the highway on both sides of the interstate, but drivers dealt with a bottleneck because state work on the bridge had to wait for funding. That $11.2 million in funding came from federal stimulus dollars.

The one-mile section is scheduled for completion by May 31 and is 93 percent complete, the release said.