STOCKBRIDGE — Except for holidays and during bad weather, lane closures will continue on Interstate 75 from Walt Stephens Road overpass to Ga. Highway 54 in Clayton County every weekend through August.
Crews are working to repair the roads, which requires closing all but one lane, either north or southbound from Friday evening through Monday morning.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said the closure extension is necessary due to recent inclement weather and the discovery of additional needed repairs.
“Upon removal of several of the concrete slabs, it has been discovered that the lower layers of roads material were in a condition that required additional time to repair,” GDOT officials said.
Interstate message boards will be used to remind drivers of closures and locations while reporting traffic conditions.
Residents are urged to avoid the interstate and should find alternate routes in advance using the free Georgia 511 app or the free NaviGator app. The NaviGator app provides real-time traffic data on all of the state’s highways.
GDOT officials warn that a “busy” construction season is ahead for many parts of the state to include resurfacing and maintenance projects on interstates and state routes, as well as ongoing major projects such as the Transform 285/400 improvement project in metro Atlanta, the I-75/I-285 resurfacing project in Clayton County, the I-85 Widening project in Jackson County, and the I-16/I-75 Interchange Reconstruction projects in Macon-Bibb County.”
Transportation officials are asking motorists to buckle up, put the phone down and drive alert with no distractions and to use extra caution when driving through work zones.
“As Georgia and the rest of the world returns to a new normal, traffic will likely increase,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. “Drivers need to be prepared and pay attention to their surroundings.”
For more information, visit www.511ga.org.