I-75 work projected to wrap up in October

hgoodridge@macon.comApril 17, 2013 

Construction on the 3.6 mile stretch of Interstate 75 between Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road is scheduled to be complete Oct. 30.

The project, which started in August 2010, is 73 percent complete, said Kimberly Larson, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

The project, contracted at about $64.5 million, features the following:

• Reconstructing and widening the interstate from four to six lanes.

• Rebuilding and widening four bridges and overpasses.

• Replacing the southbound entrance and exit ramps near Pierce Avenue.

Some of the work that has been completed includes the new Riverview Road Bridge and all of the curb and gutter along Riverside Drive.

Work nearing completion: Arkwright Road bridge, noise walls, tying in ramps that have been realigned and reconfigured and repaving lanes.

“You’re going to start seeing a lot more work out there,” Larson said. “They’re going to continue to put up the noise walls and complete the paving of the additional lanes.”

Depending on the weather, another traffic shift is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, when traffic will shift into its final configuration at Pierce.

“Maybe we can get some of those confusing barrels out of the way,” Larson said.

The cost estimate when the project began was $54.4 million, with a completion date of May 2013.

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