Interstate 85 motorists can expect delays due to a major resurfacing project in two Georgia counties.
Road construction crews on Monday began an extensive resurfacing project on the interstate in Harris and Troup counties, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a news release.
Construction crews with C.W. Matthews Contracting Company will mill and remove the current roadway surface before laying new asphalt on a 13-mile stretch on the interstate, extending from the Alabama-Georgia state line to the Georgia 219 interchange, the department said.
Crews began a lane closure on I-85 northbound Monday, starting at Exit 2 interchange and extending for two miles.
First, workers will replace the interstate’s shoulders and the lane closure will move northward with the paving. The work is expected to be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, the department said.
“However, when the crews proceed to milling and repaving the actual road lanes, the work will be done continually as the crews move up and down the 13-mile stretch of the interstate, 24 hours a day, until complete,” the release reads.
There will be signage and orange and white barrels to alert drivers to the lane closure in advance of the work zone, said the department.
The project is expected to complete in November. Traffic back-ups may occur during busy summer and fall weekends.
The department encourages local drivers to find alternate routes around the work zone. Motorists are also encouraged to exercise caution and reduce their speeds when traveling through work zones.
The Alabama Department of Transportation began road work on the northbound lanes of the interstate in May.
The department closed the I-85 northbound inside lane from approximately milepost 72 to milepost 80 in Chambers County on May 29 to remove and replace asphalt, ALDOT said.
Once the work on the inside lane is completed, the outside lane will be addressed in the same manner in the same location.
Road work will be done between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily, weather permitting. The work is expected to be completed by June 29, according to ALDOT.