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Lanes to be closed this week for start of overpass repairs
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Lanes of Interstate 95 and Highway 17 are scheduled to be closed this week for preliminary work to repair the damaged overpass at exit 87. - photo by Photo by Paul Floecker

Drivers should expect more traffic congestion at the Interstate 95/Highway 17 interchange this week as work begins to repair the exit 87 overpass.

The Highway 17 southbound left-turn lane onto the Interstate 95 on-ramp will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to remove end sections of concrete median at the I-95 overpass, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Two lanes of I-95 southbound are scheduled to be closed overnight Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for a concrete barrier wall to be delivered to the site.

The temporary lane closures are for the preliminary work to repair the overpass, which was damaged by a tractor-trailer on July 2. Lanes of traffic on I-95 and Highway 17 will be shifted during the repairs.

“Motorists should expect traffic shifts to occur within the next couple of weeks, implementing reduced speed limits in this work zone,” GDOT District Communications Officer Jill Nagel said. “Please drive cautiously in this area.”

Nine support beams were damaged when a tractor-trailer became wedged under the overpass on Highway 17. The contractor, L.C. Whitford of Alpharetta, will replace seven of the 62-foot-long beams and repair the other two.

For more about the traffic plan once the repairs begin, click .

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