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Portion of GA 87 Bypass in Cochran to close for construction April 25.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that a portion of the GA 87 Bypass would be closed beginning April 25 to allow for bridge construction over the railroad. The closure will start at Frank Cook Rd and extend to the US 23/GA 87 intersection near Sugarberry's restaurant. Motorists will be detoured to GA 87 through downtown Cochran. Maximum detour time is one year.  The work is part of a project that will widen 4.361 miles of SR 87 into two, 12-foot travel lanes in each direction with a 14-foot wide flush median. 

DOT to restrict construction lane closures for next three weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday plans that should help those who will be traveling for spring break as well as Easter. Construction related lane closures on interstates throughout Georgia will be restricted noon March 31 through 10 pm on April 2. Another restriction of interstate highway closures will take place starting at noon on April 7 through 10 pm on April 9. Lane closures on interstates and roadways near major tourist attractions, shopping centers, malls, and shopping districts will be limited during Easter weekend from 11 pm April 14 through April 16 at 11 pm.

DOT suspending construction related lane closures for Thanksgiving holidays.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced today construction related lane closures interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, and shopping districts will be suspended from 5 am November 23 through 10 pm November 27. The move is designed to help ease Thanksgiving traffic.

Officials remind motorists crews may still work in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could be needed at any time on any interstate or state route. You can get the latest traffic updates by visiting 511ga.org or by downloading the app on both Android and Apple devices.

DOT awards contract for US 23/GA 87 widening.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a $21.3 million dollar contract for widening and reconstruction along US 23/ SR 87 (Cochran Bypass) from north of Foskey Road and extending to Dykes Circle. According to a DOT release, plans are provide a grade separation at the Norfolk Southern Railroad and SR 87 by way of an overpass bridge. The project connects to an existing five-lane section south and four-lane section north of Cochran. Contractor is local business Everett Dykes Grassing Co., Inc., and anticipated completion date is August 31 2020.

Bleckley to benefit from DOT Project Award.

Bleckley County is one of six east central districts that will benefit from contracts for safety upgrades announced the Georgia Department of Transportation Thursday. The project will involve I-16 signing upgrades going through Bleckley to Treutlen totaling $1.55 million dollars. Project completion date is October 2017. Information on schedules and lane closures will be made in advance.

DOT suspending lane closures for Labor Day weekend.

To help ease congestion on what's expected to be a heavy traffic weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation said Monday all construction related lane closures on interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes would be suspended from 5 am on September 2 to 5 am on September 5. The DOT reminds motorists to exercise caution as crews may still work in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some lane closures to remain in place. Incident management or emergency maintenance related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

Georgia DOT suspending lane closures for sales tax holiday weekend.

People out and about shopping for tax free clothing and school supplies next weekend will get a helping hand from the Georgia Department of Transportation. They announced today that all construction lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district would be suspended from July 30 at 10 to July 31 at 10 pm. You can find a list of tax free items by clicking the link.  

The DOT reminds everyone to exercise caution due to increased traffic and says crews may still be working in close proximity to some highways. They also remind everyone that safety concerns may force some long-term lane closures and incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could take place.