Tonight one lane will be closed on State Route 316 eastbound west of Collins Hill Road. According to a press release from Georgia Department of Transportation, this is necessary as GP’s Enterprises sets six bridge beams for the new SR 316 east bridge over the Colonial Pipeline.
Between 9 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. tomorrow, the outside lane will close as crews set beams. Georgia DOT officials are warning motorists that traffic on SR 316 east will be stopped for up to 10 minutes as the giant beams are moved into place. Traffic will be delayed for short periods of time as each beam is delivered to the work zone.
“We are especially careful as we set the behemoth beams that go over traffic. Each beam prestressed concrete beam is 6 feet tall and 113 feet long,” Georgia DOT construction engineer Harold Mull said in the press release. “We will stop the flow of traffic so the cranes can hoist the beams and lock them in place before traffic flow resumes. Motorists will be stopped for about 10 minutes as each beam is set in place tonight. Please avoid the area those days if possible.”
Once the project is completed, motorists will access SR 316, Collins Hill Road and State Route 20 via ramps instead of the existing intersections, according to officials.
“This project will build one interchange or exit to allow traffic from State Route 316 to access State Route 20 or to access Collins Hill Road using a system of long ramps. The existing signalized intersections at State Route 20 and at Collins Hill Road will be removed as the interchange is finished,” Mull said in the release. “It is similar to the system we have along I-85 from SR 120 down to Pleasant Hill Road. You get off the mainline of I-85 south at SR 120 and use the parallel roads to access the exit you need.”
This $37.4 million construction project includes 2.23 miles of new roadway and two new bridges over SR 316. The project completion date is May 31, 2016 and the contractor is GP’S Enterprises, Inc. of Auburn,