The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to temporarily close turn lanes on Ga. Hwy. 211 at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 124 and Interstate 85 in Braselton.
Along with the temporary turn lane closures, the DOT will shift traffic in the area for a construction project that is revamping the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 211 and Ga. Hwy. 124.
The DOT is warning motorists to avoid the area or plan for delays. The traffic shift and turn lane closures are expected to start on Thursday, June 21, if weather permits.
Traffic on Ga. Hwy. 211 in Barrow County will be shifted over and turn lanes will not be available at the ramps to and from I-85 and at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 124, according to the DOT.
Traffic must be shifted over so construction crews can work in the original Ga. Hwy. 211 eastbound lane, according to the DOT. To keep one lane open in each direction, the current turn lanes must be used for through traffic. The temporary loss of the turn lanes at the ramps to the interstate and at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 124 will cause delays in the area.
The intersection improvement project underway now will build right and left turn lanes on each leg of the intersection. Dual left turn lanes will be built on Ga. Hwy. 124 east towards the interstate and on Ga. Hwy. 211 south towards Braselton.
Two through lanes and sidewalks will be built for Ga. Hwy. 211 and Ga. Hwy. 124. New signal equipment will be installed, which will allow the traffic signals at the interstate ramps to be timed with the signal at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 211 and Ga. Hwy. 124.
The intersection improvement project was awarded to CW Matthews Contracting, Inc., for an estimated contract cost of $5.2 million. The project’s completion date is April 30, 2013.