Ga. 316 work to cause overnight lane closures

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Drivers could feel the first impact of the interchange construction along Ga. Highway 316 -- if they are on the road late.

Lane closures are scheduled for overnight Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the project that will upgrade Ga. 316's intersections at Ga. Highway 20 and Collins Hill Road into an interstate-style interchange.

Much of the work so far on the $37.4 million construction project has included grading outside of the travel lanes.

But beginning Tuesday, crews will need to close the left lane of Ga. 316 in each direction from Ga. 20 to Hi-Hope Road. The left-turn lane could also be impacted at times, a press release said.

The work is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to avoid rush hour, but transportation officials are still expecting delays and have asked people to avoid the work zone if they can.

"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," Bayne Smith, a district engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said in the release. "The existing signalized intersections at State Route 20 and at Collins Hill Road will be removed as the interchange is finished. 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."

Contractor GP's Enterprises of Auburn plans to have the project complete by the end of 2014.