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McDONOUGH — The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the proposed I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes project in Butts, Henry, Lamar, Monroe and Spalding counties. In concordance with social distancing practices, instead of typical in-person public meetings, Georgia DOT will be hosting a virtual public information open house by posting information related to the proposed project on an online platform at https://majormobilityga.com/projects/i75cvl/. This online platform also includes information on the proposed detours associated with the overpass bridge replacements at Pea Ridge Road and High Falls Road.

“Georgia DOT has released the project’s concept design. Even though we are in a pandemic, the department is offering several engagement opportunities for the public to submit comment on the project to keep critical transportation infrastructure improvements on track,” said Georgia DOT Program Manager Matthew Fowler. “We encourage members of the public to participate in the public comment period as we strive to improve the movement of freight and reduce incidents.”

Proposed improvements include:

♦ Constructing two, toll-free, barrier-separated commercial vehicle lanes northbound along I-75 from approximately the I-475/I-75 Interchange near Macon to the McDonough area.

♦ Beginning just south of the city of Forsyth, the two commercial vehicle lanes grade-separate and overpass the I-75 general purpose lanes to transition to a barrier-separated location to the inside of the existing I-75 general purpose lanes south of the Ga. Highway 18 interchange.

♦ The two commercial vehicle lanes continue in this location northward to just north of the Ga. Highway 83 interchange.

♦ Beginning north of the Ga. Highway 83 interchange, the two commercial vehicle lanes grade-separate again and overpass the I-75 general purpose lanes to transition back to the barrier-separated outside location just south of the Ga. Highway 42 interchange.

♦ The two commercial vehicle lanes continue northward along the outside of the existing I-75 general purpose lanes to approximately Bethlehem Road, where they merge back onto the I-75 general purpose lanes. The project includes the addition of an auxiliary lane between the commercial vehicle lane merge near Bethlehem Road and the Ga. Highway 155 interchange and also between the Ga. Highway 155 interchange and the Ga. Highway 20 interchange.

Georgia DOT will host a live, virtual public information open house presentation and question and answer session scheduled for Dec. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., allowing the public to meet with members of the project team and ask questions following a brief presentation about the project. For the full schedule and details on how to access the live event, please visit the online platform.

As part of the virtual experience, Georgia DOT’s online platform includes an interactive meeting room with displays, videos, and materials that would be found at traditional in-person public meetings. The information in the virtual meeting room will be available throughout the public comment period, which extends through Dec. 15.

To view the printed displays, please visit Georgia DOT’s District 3, Area 4 Office at 4499 Riverside Drive, Macon, Ga., 31210 or the Henry County Administration Building at 140 Henry Pkwy., McDonough, Ga. 30253. The displays will be available weekdays through Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Georgia DOT representatives will not be staffing these displays; however, the public may submit questions regarding the project using any of the comment options available below.

Public comments can be accepted during the virtual public information open house and until Dec. 15, 2020, by:

1 Leaving a comment in the comment section of the virtual public information open house site.

2 Emailing comments to 75CVL@dot.ga.gov

3 Calling the project hotline at 678-528-7275 to leave a recorded comment.

4 Submitting written comments to the Georgia Department of Transportation; Attention: Eric Duff, State Environmental Administrator, 600 West Peachtree St., NE – 16th Floor, Atlanta, Ga., 30308.

To learn more about the proposed project and to provide input, visit the project website at https://majormobilityga.com/projects/i75cvl/.

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