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GDOT suspending interstate-related lane closures for Fourth of July weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that construction-related lane closures on interstates would be suspended from noon on June 30 through 5 am on July 5. Lane closures will also be limited on state routes that serve major tourist and recreation centers. The moves come after AAA's Independence Day Travel Forecast predicted 85 percent of Americans, 37.5 million people, would be driving to get to their destination this Fourth of July. For those traveling, you can get real-time information on interstates and state routes by dialing 511.

DOT awards money to Bleckley County for improvements.

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a $2 million dollar contract to Everett Dykes Grassing of Cochran as part of over $7 million for infrastructure improvements given out to Bleckley and other counties..  The contract calls for 6.664 miles of milling, plant mix resurfacing and single surface treatment paving on SR 26 from south of Old Milledgeville Road/County Line Road to SR 87. According to a release, the project has a March 2018 completion date. 

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.