Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation will perform major reconstruction of Interstate 75 from Ga. 133 (Exit 18) in Valdosta to the Crisp/Dooly County Line.

To ensure motorist and contractor safety, this work will warrant lane closures and traffic shifts along this section of I-75, which could cause short delays. The DOT reports the following construction activities are tentatively planned through March 26:

COOK: Contractors will have various construction activities between Exits 40 and 39 southbound from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

LOWNDES: Contractors have lane closures planned in the north- and southbound lanes at various locations between the Cook County Line and Exit 18 (Ga. 133/St. Augustine Road). There will be no lane closures from 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

TIFT: Contractors have lane closures planned in the north and southbound lanes at various locations between Exit 59 (Southwell Boulevard) and the Turner County Line.

Contractors will temporarily close the northbound on-ramp to I-75 at the U.S. 82 interchange (Exit 62). Traffic wishing to get on I-75 north at this location will be detoured on U.S. 319 South to Old Omega Road and then to I-75. All other ramps at U.S. 82 will remain open.

The DOT notes that the above construction schedules are proposed activities planned by the contractors and may change due to weather conditions or other factors.

For current traffic information concerning lane closures, motorists can call the GDOT Traffic Management Center at 1-888-635-8287 in Georgia or 1-404-635-6800 outside Georgia or go to the Web site www.georgian

As in any work zone, motorists should pay special attention to traffic control devices, signing and marking, and posted speed limits to ensure safe passage through the work zone.

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