MACON – BIBB COUNTY –  Contractors for the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) will continue construction activities related to the I-16/I-75 Interchange Improvement Project next week in Macon-Bibb County.  Weather permitting, the scheduled activities beginning Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 7 are listed below.
 
New Lane Closures/ Traffic Shifts: None Ongoing, Long-term Closures:The dedicated right turn lane on the I-16 eastbound off-ramp to Spring Street, which will remain closed through the spring of 2021. The permanent lane closure on Coliseum Drive/Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard southbound between Clinton Street to Riverside Drive;
southbound traffic in that area is currently reduced to one lane.

The far right lane of I-75 northbound at the Georgia 19/Georgia Avenue exit (exit 164) is closed to traffic for several months.Spring Street’s far right lane at the I-16 westbound on-ramp as well as the right-hand on-ramp to I-16 westbound are both closed for several months; the Spring Street on-ramp to I-16 westbound has been relocated to the far left lane.Construction Activities for June 1-7:
 
Phase 2 and 3 – I-75 from Hardeman Avenue to I-16 eastbound Crews continue construction of the Riverside Bridge superstructure over I-75 and the Walnut Street bridge superstructure; Continue working on substructure and superstructure of the I-16 westbound bridge over the Ocmulgee River; Construction of MSE (retaining) walls along I-75 northbound and southbound and at other locations throughout the project continues; Construction of concrete sound and visual wall along I-75 northbound and southbound continues;Grading and placement of aggregate base materials continues on far right lane and right shoulder lane on I-75 northbound between Hardeman Avenue and the Pedestrian Bridge, and the right lane on I-75 northbound between the Walnut Street bridge and the Riverside Drive bridge; Started demolition of the concrete pavement on the left lane on I-75 southbound from the Riverside Drive bridge to the Hardeman Avenue bridge; and Started demolition of the existing I-75 southbound bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad.    

Phase 1 – I-16 from the I-16/ I-75 split to the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit.

Crews continue work on the superstructure for the bridge along I-16 eastbound near Spring Street;Work continues on the superstructure for the bridge along I-16 eastbound near Spring Street; Construction of the new I-16 eastbound bridge over the Ocmulgee River superstructure continues; Construction begins on the substructure for the new I-16 eastbound bridge over Spring Street; Construction continues on MSE (retaining) walls along I-16 eastbound between Spring Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; Demolition of the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bridge over the Ocmulgee River continues; Grading activities continue on the I-16 eastbound exit ramps to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Spring Street; Grading activities begin on the entrance ramp to I-16 eastbound from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; and; Crews will continue to remove the existing pavement on Spring Street’s far left lane under the I-16 bridges. The I-16/I-75 Interchange Improvements Project is a $500 million safety and mobility megaproject.

With its massive scope to widen and reconstruct I-16, I-75 and their interchange in Macon-Bibb County, this project is being delivered in seven design and construction phases that will continue through 2030.  

When complete, new CD lanes, additional interstate lanes, new interstate on-and off-ramps, upgrades to 11 bridges, new walls, upgraded drainage systems, etc. will deliver safer and improved mobility for Macon-Bibb’s local commuters and businesses, regional travelers and commercial freight from the Georgia southern coast to destinations within the state and throughout the U.S.
 

Advisory:  Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app. Our maintenance team members who repair roads and bridges and our project teams who oversee construction projects are continuing their essential work, while following sanitary work practices prescribed by health agencies to protect themselves and the public from the coronavirus, as are most state DOTs in the U.S.  
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