As part of the conversion of the existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-85 to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning triple and quadruple lane closures and traffic pacing during the overnight hours this week as they install and test the conduit, cabling, antennas, cameras and other equipment that will operate the tolling network for the State Road and Tollway Authority.
During the overnight hours, southbound closures will begin at 8 p.m. and continue to 5 a.m. Northbound lane closures will begin at 10 p.m. and continue to 5 a.m. the next day. Up to four lanes may be closed after midnight. Traffic will be paced from one to three times as needed for the installation of equipment for the toll lanes. Overnight lane closures and pacing may occur at the following locations:
Monday, Aug. 29 - Two work zones are planned along I-85 northbound only. The first northbound work zone begins south of SR 378/Beaver Ruin Road and will include closing four lanes and pacing traffic after midnight. The second work zone is also on I-85 north from SR 140/Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Pleasant Hill Road. Each lane closure begins with one lane closed in each direction. At 11 p.m. a second left lane in each direction will close. At 12 a.m. a third left lane in each direction will close and traffic will be paced from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. several times an hour.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 - A work zone is planned to close one lane on I-85 north and south. The northbound work zone is from Northcrest Road to SR 378/Beaver Ruin Road. The southbound lane closure begins at Chamblee Tucker Road to SR 140/Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
Wednesday, Aug. 31 - A work zones is planned on I-85 northbound only and will close one lane from south of Pleasant Hill Road to SR 316.
The I-85 Express Lanes Project includes installation of 16 miles of fiber and signage along Interstate Highway 85 between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road and along State Route 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway.
When completed, registered transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fueled vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers will be allowed to use the inside (left) HOT lane for free, while single and double occupant vehicles . Please visit www.georgiatolls.com for additional information.
Updated construction information is available by calling 511, a free phone service that provides statewide traffic and travel information. Visit www.511ga.org for details.