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Commuters on Hwy. 575 may find construction delays

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Work has just begun on a DOT project to reconstruct the I-575/Sixes Road Interchange, located between the cities of Woodstock and Holly Springs near mile marker 11 on I-575 in Cherokee County.  The project includes the construction of a bridge and its approaches on Sixes Road over I-575 and intersection improvements. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2013, at a construction cost of $7,968,602.


To minimize the impact of this construction project on the heavy traffic in the area, work interfering with traffic on I-575 and Sixes Road will occur mostly at night and at non-peak hours during the day.   Single lane closures will only take place on I-575 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekends.


“Georgia DOT wants to constrict traffic flow in this area as little as possible, but delays at times are almost unavoidable,” said Kent Sager, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville. “We have made every effort to minimize the impact this construction project may have on the heavy traffic on I-575 in Cherokee County. Working at night and on weekends and in phases; scheduling the lane closures after the morning rush hour, and reopening these lanes before the evening rush hour; and informing the public in advance of any traffic interruption are only a few examples of these efforts,” he added.


The bridge under construction over I-575 will allow for two through lanes in each direction, two left turn lanes onto I-575 South, a left turn lane onto I-575 North, a raised median, and sidewalks on each side. The ramps on all quadrants of this diamond interchange will be reconstructed with concrete pavement. The I-575 northbound exit ramp will be widened to a two lane exit, with a total of four lanes at its terminal with Sixes Road, to allow for dual left and right turn lanes. The southbound exit ramp will be a single lane ramp with two lanes at the terminal to allow for turn lanes for each turning movement. The northbound entrance ramp will have one lane and the southbound ramp will have two lanes to allow for the dual lefts from Sixes Road and will continue to its terminal with I-575. The total length of the project is 0.519.


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