The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that GDOT contractors will close I-75 lanes overnight Sunday at Cumblerland Blvd. and Akers Mill Road in both northbound and southbound directions.
These closures are for construction of new direct connection access ramps at Akers Mill Road to the recently-completed I-75/I-575 Northwest Corridor Express Lanes.
The press release for the work describes the scope and schedule as follows:
“Weather and on-site conditions permitting, three left lanes will be closed on I-75 northbound under Akers Mill and two right lanes will be closed on the I-285 ramp to I-75 southbound/Cumberland Boulevard under Akers Mill Road from 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 until 6 a.m. Monday morning.
“Lane closures help ensure safety for work crews and drivers in the work zone. This $19.6 million project is scheduled for completion in spring 2023.”
Recommended safety precautions
The GDOT recommends the following safety precautions for drivers approaching the work zone:
As always, motorists traveling in the area are reminded to reduce their speeds in the work zone. Motorists are also encouraged to wear seatbelts, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, and plan their routes before getting on the road by calling 511 for real-time information on work status and traffic conditions.
About the Georgia Department of Transportation
The GDOT describes itself as follows:
“Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads.
“Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility.
“The Department’s vision is to boost Georgia’s competitiveness through leadership in transportation.“
The GDOT’s governing body is the 14-member State Transportation Board. The board is chosen by the state legislative delegations of each of the 14 congressional districts in Georgia. The board members serve five-year terms.
The board is currently chaired by Emily Dunn from the 9th Congressional District.
The State Transportation Board chooses the commissioner, currently Russell R. McMurry.