UPDATE: Weather forced the GDOT to postpone this work until next week. Barrow Patch will provide additional updates when they are received.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has planned a traffic shift and the opening of two turning lanes for today, Thursday, Oct. 18, in Braselton.
Weather permitting, traffic using Ga. Highway 211 will be shifted to use the new asphalt allowing contractors to remove the original roadway and rebuild that part of the intersection. Once the traffic shift is in place mid-afternoon today, a new left turn lane from 211 east onto Ga. Highway 124 north and a new left turn lane from 211 east onto Interstate 85 northbound will be open for use.
“Opening these new left turn lanes will greatly improve traffic in the area especially in the morning for commuters," Harold Mull, DOT district construction engineer, said in a news release. "We thank you for your patience as we work through the growing pains of roadway construction. One the project is finished traffic flow will be greatly improved."
If the weather does not allow for the shift to occur today, it will be rescheduled for next week.
According to a news release, the intersection improvement project under way now will include construction of right and left turn lanes on each leg of the intersection. Dual left turn lanes will be built on 124 east toward the interstate and on 211 south toward Braselton. Two through lanes and sidewalks will be build for both highways. New signal equipment will be installed and allow the traffic signals at the interstate ramps to be timed with the signal at the intersection of 211 and 124.
The intersection improvement project's completion date is set for April 30, 2013.
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