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Flat Shoals Road bridge demolition to disrupt traffic

Contractors will be working overnight this week to demolish the Flat Shoals Road bridge as part of plans to build a new interchange with I-285.

One lane will be closed on the bridge. On I-285, two lanes in each direction between Flat Shoals Road and the I-20 interchange also will be closed.

The work will be timed to occur overnight from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. from today through Friday. Motorists should drive slowly and carefully through the area, since workers and heavy equipment will be in close proximity to the road, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The scope of the project is a full reconstruction of the interchange of I-285 with Flat Shoals Road (Ga. Highway 155) in DeKalb County. The replacement bridge will be four lanes wide -- two in each direction -- with bike lanes on each side and dual left-turn lanes from Flat Shoals Road northbound and southbound onto I-285.

Walls will be constructed under the Panthersville Road Bridge at I-285 to allow the ramps to extend underneath the bridge.

The $35 million project is expected to be completed by Pittman Construction Company in the fall of 2017.

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