Henry shares in $39 million road construction

I-75 Jodeco Road overpass, ramp targeted

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently announced $39 million in statewide transportation infrastructure projects, a list which includes a $15.7 million reconstruction for the I-75 interchange at Jodeco Road in Henry County.

“It will consist of bridge construction above the Interstate, widening ramps and relocating two surface roads,” said GDOT Press Secretary David Spear. “The work will be done by E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc., of Snellville ... and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2015.”

Spear said the project is designed to alleviate mounting traffic congestion on the south side of Atlanta.

“That area has grown so much,” he said. “Everything on [Interstate] 75, particularly through Henry, is just slammed. This is just an attempt to provide some relief in the Jodeco Road corridor. We’re in the process of finishing one up north of there, in Clayton County on Jonesboro Road.

He added that GDOT is also preparing to begin work on an auxiliary lane from Eagle’s Landing Parkway/Hudson Bridge Road, north to the interchange at I-675.”

“In that particular stretch, you’ll have four lanes in each direction,” said Spear.

Spear said the Jodeco Road project would complement efforts being undertaken as part of the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. On July 31, voters in a 10-county region, which includes Henry, will decide whether to approve a 1-cent sales tax for the next 10 years, for local and regional transportation projects.

Spear said the Jodeco Road project will be funded by state and federal gasoline tax revenue, not funds from the referendum.

“Information on construction and lane closure schedules will be forthcoming before work begins,” he said.

For more information on the construction planned at Jodeco Road, visit http://tomcat2.dot.state.ga.us/ContractsAdministration/uploads/A120120S041.pdf.