VALDOSTA -- With Interstate 95 expected as the main route to Jacksonville, Fla., for those heading to the Super Bowl, officials said they don't expect too much congestion on Interstate 75 this weekend.
However, traffic and law enforcement say they still plan to monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend.
"We're aware there's going to be a little more traffic going to the game and back," said Sgt. Carl Taylor, commander of Georgia State Patrol Post 31. "We'll focus on working out there. We'll be looking for anything as far as reckless driving, hazards, speeding, following too closely, things of that nature."
With construction on I-75, Taylor said he doesn't anticipate having to redirect traffic to U.S. 41 or any alternative routes.
"There really hasn't been any need to, even in the holiday," Taylor said.
Capt. Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department's public information officer, said officers will monitor exits and ramps off I-75. Otherwise, patrol officers won't do anything differently for the Super Bowl weekend.
Meanwhile, construction will continue as normal on I-75 with the usual lane closures that have occurred during the widening of the interstate.
"Although it is a big game and there's been a lot of traffic added to Jacksonville for the game, the impact on the project should be fairly negligible," said Scott Chambers, Georgia Department of Transportation's area engineer for I-75. "We've been monitoring traffic coming down, and the traffic coming should be spread out over the week, but we expect a higher spike Friday and Saturday."
Chambers said DOT will continue working on the project throughout the week.
"If traffic gets backed up, we still reserve the right to keep contractors out there," Chambers said. Restricting lane closures would require personnel to move equipment and ensure the roadway was safe, Chambers said.
"The DOT will have project personnel on hand on the project site and contract supervisors monitoring conditions around the clock," Chambers said. "I'm sure 95 will generate more traffic since that runs right into Jacksonville."
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