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Interstate work to impact summer traffic in Atlanta

Traffic across metro Atlanta is expected to be impacted by projects on Interstates 285 and 20, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday.

This summer, crews will work to repair bridges and worn concrete on I-20, as well as a $13 million project to replace concrete slabs on more than 17 miles of I-285 between Paces Ferry Road and Camp Creek Parkway.

“Not only are these important commuter routes for metro Atlanta residents, but both I-285 and I-20 are major travel corridors for commercial freight to and from every corner of the state,” said Stacey Key of the State Transportation Board. “These projects will make traveling the Westside of Atlanta easier for our constituents, while simultaneously improving freight logistics along these vital highways. Anytime we can improve the quality of life for the people of Georgia, that is a win for everybody.”

While schedules have not been set, most of the I-20 and I-285 work is expected to be completed on week nights and throughout weekends.

As I-20 resurfacing work has already made headlines for traffic, officials said the new contracts, which include I-20 work to remedy potholes and install new joints and concrete headers to bridges, will definitely have an impact to westside traffic.

The I-285 work will begin early this summer and continue through October 2015, with the I-20 bridge work also expected to begin soon, lasting through September 2017.