Georgia transportation officials are restricting road construction during the Fourth of July holiday period to make travel easier. The state Department of Transportation says the construction-related lane closures will be restricted from noon Wednesday through 5 a.m. July 8.
Road projects won’t be held up anymore because the state is widening or repaving an interstate highway nearby. A recently signed tweak to transportation funding law could move projects along because it exempts interstates and freight corridors from what’s called “congressional balancing.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation is getting to work on $113 million in new road improvement projects statewide. The biggest project is a $56 million job to resurface 30 miles Interstate 16 between Laurens and Treutlen counties.
The state Department of Transportation said Tuesday it plans to suspend all lane-closures related to construction work during the Labor Day holiday weekend starting Friday at noon and lasting until 5 a.m. next Tuesday.
Atlanta motorists will get a new experience when driving through a metro interstate overpass. State authorities opened the city's first so-called "diverging diamond" interchange at Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Interstate 285 Sunday.
The Georgia Department of Transportation authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state Friday. The largest project award was $27.8 million to resurface 22 miles of Interstate 75 in Bartow and Gordon counties.
A private contractor begins maintenance work Friday for the state’s Department of Transportation on Interstate-95 along Georgia’s coast. It’s the first project of what might be several more to come, in a plan to save the agency money.
Wednesday is the deadline for 12 regions of Georgia to submit transportation wish lists to the state. It represents the first step toward putting the lists before voters. Sometime next year, voters would decide whether to approve a penny sales tax for their region's projects.
Georgia transportation officials say their share of current federal stimulus money is not enough to reach all of the work that’s needed statewide. But there’s hope that President Obama’s new $50 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s transportation grid could change that.