DULUTH - Lane closures continueÂ this week for I-85 Express Lane project in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties. Georgia DOTâ€™s contractor, World Fiber Technologies will work day and night this week as weather permits.
The work plan will require the overnight closing of the outside lane of I-85 northbound from Pleasant Hill Road to State Route 316 in Gwinnett County starting at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, 18th through Friday, 22nd.Â â€œIf the weather cooperates, crews will continue boring under the interstate to run the hundreds of miles of conduit needed for the technology that will operate the Express Lane system,â€ explained Georgia DOT District Construction Engineer, Randall Davis.
Day work began this morningÂ on the outside southbound lane ofÂ I-85 will be closed from Jimmy Carter Blvd to Pleasantdale Road so crews can inspect and repair existing communications equipment. The lane will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only.
Tuesday, crews will install additional guardrail along interstate entrance and exit ramps. Traffic on ramps will be shifted over as crews work. The ramps will not close, traffic will be shifted over. Crews are planning to work Tuesday, 19th on the southbound entrance ramp at Pleasant Hill Road. Thursday, 21st crews will work on the southbound exit ramp to Beaver Ruin Road/SR 378. Friday, 22nd crews will fork on the southbound entrance ramp at Indian Trail. This guardrail work will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if weather permits.
The I-85 Express Lanes Project includes installation of 16 miles of fiber and signage along Interstate Highway 85 between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road and along State Route 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway. This $11.7 million project was awarded to World Fiber Technologies, Inc., of Alpharetta.Â
When completed, registered transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fueled vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers will be allowed to use the inside (left) HOT lane for free, while single- and double-occupant vehicles will be allowed to use the lane if they choose to pay a variably priced toll.Â
For additional information and construction updates on this project, please email Teri Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about these or any other construction projects on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.