The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold two public information meetings to discuss the proposed Interstate 85 widening project in Gwinnett. The first will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mill Creek High School Media Center, 4400 Braselton Highway in Hoschton. The second meeting will be 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Braselton Community Room, 5040 Highway 53 in Braselton.
The length of both projects combined is approximately 24 miles. The proposed projects would widen and reconstruct approximately 12.7 miles of I-85 from north of Interstate 985 to just north of State Route 211 and 11.3 miles of I-85 from just north of State Route 211 to just north of U.S. 129.
The proposed project would use the existing right-of-way width to accommodate the widening. The typical section will be expanded from two lanes to three lanes in each direction. The existing grassed median along the 6.4-mile section of I-85 from Hamilton Mill Road/CR 134 to SR 211 will be replaced with a median barrier and 9-foot to 12-foot inside shoulders.
The project also proposes to replace four I-85 overpass bridges at Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch Road, Jesse Cronic Road and SR 332. The project proposes to close the overpass bridges for replacement and detour traffic during construction.
Public comments: www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach.