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GDOT begins paving I-85 in Atlanta as work continues on new bridge


The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of Atlanta’s recent traffic apocalypse to repave a stretch of I-85 that’s partly closed anyway.

The highway has been closed between I-75 and Ga. 400 since a fire destroyed a portion of the highway March 30. GDOT has vowed to reopen the stretch of I-85 by June 15, and has offered the contractor $3.1 million in incentives to get the work done even faster.

But in the meantime, it will begin paving a 6.6-mile stretch of I-85 from I-75 to Clairmont Road.

“Georgia DOT recognizes the inconveniences faced by motorists due to the closing of the I-85 at Piedmont Road area,” GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said. “We have carefully thought this through and determined that getting a jump on this essential resurfacing is an opportunity to limit the public’s stress and inconvenience, while also using our time and resources sensibly.”

The $22.9 million resurfacing project is expected to continue through next February. GDOT says there will be no daytime lane closures on weekdays for the resurfacing. Night work will begin tonight on northbound lanes and Sunday for southbound lanes.


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David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties.