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Law Enforcement to Control Traffic for Vegetation Removal on I-16 Eastbound This Week

You can expect delays if you’re traveling this part of I16 this week.

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) 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, August 24 through Sunday, August 30 are listed below.


New Lane Closures/ Traffic Shifts:

  • Police presence will be used to slow traffic while work crews cut vegetation from the I-16 eastbound shoulder lane and median between the I-16/I-75 interchange and the exit at Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard. 

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 August 24-30, weather permitting:

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 stage two superstructure;
  • Continue construction of the new I-75 northbound bridge;
  • Continue working on 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;
  • Continue concrete pavement on far right lane and right shoulder lane on I-75 northbound between Hardeman Avenue and the Pedestrian Bridge;
  • Continue demolition of the concrete pavement on the left lane on I-75 southbound from the Riverside Drive bridge to the Hardeman Avenue bridge; and
  • Continue concrete paving in right lane on I-75 northbound between the Walnut Street bridge to just south of the Riverside Drive bridge.

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;
  • Construction continues on the superstructure for the new I-16 eastbound bridge over the Ocmulgee River;
  • Construction continues on the second stage of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard bridge over the Ocmulgee River;
  • Construction continues on the new I-16 eastbound bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad;
  • Construction continues 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 continue on the entrance ramp to I-16 eastbound from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard;
  • Grading activities continue on the subgrade, and placement of graded aggregate base (gravel/rock mixture) on Spring Street under the I-16 bridges; and
  • Crews will continue cutting grass and vegetation along the I-16 eastbound shoulder lane and median between the I-16/I-75 interchange and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

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 2026.  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 County’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.

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