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July 3, 2014

GDOT: Some delays anticipated in northwest Georgia

With summer underway, the Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists in northwest Georgia to plan ahead and avoid overheated radiators (and tempers), especially those who anticipate travel on Interstate 75 between Dalton and Cartersville.

The revamping of the I-75/Rocky Face Interchange in Whitfield County and the reconstruction of the I-75/Redbud Road Interchange and the bridge on Union Grove Road over I-75 in Gordon County require single lane closures on weekdays and occasional multiple lane closures on the weekends.

“We apologize for the inconveniences that will occur,” said GDOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi, “but these preventative activities we undertake in summer months will save taxpayers millions of dollars over the long term in avoided major reconstruction costs.

“We really implore everyone — Georgians, out-of-state truckers and motorists simply passing through — to plan ahead by utilizing our free-call 511 phone system and the 511 website:  www.511ga.org. You’ll get real-time road conditions, and your forethought and planning likely will save you hours. I can’t overemphasize the importance of planning ahead for your weekend travel this summer, especially on I-75. We realize summer weekends may seem to some like a bad time for us to undertake this work. But we have to take advantage of the warm summer days and nights and weekday traffic is much, much heavier.”

Interstate Highway System travelers in northwest Georgia can get construction and traffic information at the Welcome Centers on I-75 in Catoosa County and I-20 in Haralson County, which offer both free maps and access to real-time information on construction or accident-related delays and lane closures.

The following are some of the department’s other potentially “motorist impactful” construction jobs underway or beginning this summer in northwest Georgia:

• Widening State Route 136 in Gordon.

• Widening State Route 20 in Bartow County.

• Bridge rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 411 in Murray County.

• Widening State Route 113 between Taft Road and Old Alabama Road in Bartow County.

• The West Rome Bypass in Floyd County.

 

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