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Traffic to shift for 316/20 work

This weekend, traffic crews will make more room for work on the interchange at Ga. Highways 20 and 316.

This weekend, traffic crews will make more room for work on the interchange at Ga. Highways 20 and 316.

LAWRENCEVILLE — This weekend, traffic crews will make more room for work on the interchange at Ga. Highways 20 and 316.

Drivers will move this morning onto newly constructed lanes of Ga. 20 through the intersection, so work can begin on a bridge that will take traffic over the highway.

Lane closures will occur overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in preparation for the shift.

“Friday night, crews will begin to restripe State Route 20 and move it towards Athens about 200 feet from its current location. The signal will be moved too,” said Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Harold Mull. “Moving traffic away from the current intersection creates room for building a new bridge over State Route 316.

“Please slow down through the area and pay special attention to the signs and barrels that will direct you onto the relocated State Route 20,” Mull said. “We expect the shift to be finished by 11 a.m. Saturday. We want you to know this change is coming so you can watch for the change and be prepared as traffic is moved. State Route 20 will use this new location until the new bridge over State Route 316 is open for use.”

The $37.4 million construction project will give motorists access to Ga. 316 via ramps instead of the existing intersections at Ga. 20 and Collins Hill Road.

“This project will build one interchange or exit to allow traffic from 316 to access 20 or to access Collins Hill Road using a system of long ramps. It is similar to the system we have along I-85 from SR 120 down to Pleasant Hill Road. You get off the mainline of I-85 south at SR 120 and use the parallel roads to access the exit you need,” Mull said.

Crews from GP’S Enterprises Inc. of Auburn are expected to complete the project, which includes 2.23 miles of new roadway and two new bridges, by Dec. 31, 2014.