Crews prep for next phase of Ga. High­way 151 pro­ject

Next part of pro­ject, set­ting beams for I-75 bridge, will re­quire some lane clo­sures and is ex­pected cre­ate more traf­fic con­ges­tions.

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

The 3-1/2-year­long widen­ing pro­ject of Ring­gold’s Ga. High­way 151 (Alabama High­way) is on sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials, and the plan is to set beams on the roads two bridges later this month.

The nearly $35 mil­lion pro­ject, which be­gan in June 2017, con­sists of the widen­ing and re­con­struc­tion of Ga. 151/Old Alabama High­way from ap­prox­i­mately 3,200 feet south of Rollins In­dus­trial Boule­vard/ Hol­comb Road through the I-75 in­ter­change to U.S High­way 41, for a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 2.07 miles.

The widen­ing is from a two-lane road­way to a four-lane di­vided with a 20-foot raised me­dian to Boyn­ton Drive/ Lafayette Street, and a flush me­dian to U.S. 41.

The ear­li­est stages of the pro­ject have in­volved the re­place­ment of the ex­ist­ing bridge over I-75 and the bridge over South Chicka­mauga Creek near Wal­green’s, and the re­con­struc­tion of the ex­ist­ing in­ter­change of I-75 at Ga. 151.

Ac­cord­ing to GDOT Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Mo­hamed Arafa, the pro­ject is still on pace to be com­pleted by 2020.

“Work on the pro­ject is pro­gress­ing at a nor­mal pace,” Arafa said. “The pro­ject is still on sched­ule and on bud­get. It is cur­rently about 25 per­cent com­plete. The GDOT con­trac­tor, C.W. Matthews Co., is about to com­plete work on ramp D. They have also in­stalled spread foot­ings for the bridge over South Chicka­mauga Creek. They are sched­uled to set the beams on the bridge over South Chicka­mauga Creek on July 14. The set­ting of the beams on the bridge over I-75 is sched­uled for July 28 and 29.”

The up­com­ing bridge work is ex­pected to cre­ate more traf­fic con­ges­tion as crews nav­i­gate the con­struc­tion.

“This work will re­quire some lane clo­sures,” Arafa said. “We will let the trav­el­ing pub­lic know 7-10 days in ad­vance of the de­tails of this beam­set­ting op­er­a­tion.”

Arafa added that weather per­mit­ting; the pro­ject should be com­pleted on time.

“The en­tire pro­ject is sched­uled to be com­pleted by the end of De­cem­ber 2020, at a con­struc­tion cost of $34,596,916,” he said. “There has been no change so far in the pro­ject’s time­line. We are hop­ing for some co­op­er­a­tion from Mother Na­ture, so we can com­plete the en­tire pro­ject on time.”

Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials say the Ga. Higheasy 151 widen­ing and bridge re­place­ment pro­ject is mov­ing along ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, but will soon cause lane clo­sures near exit 348. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Con­struc­tion crews are pre­par­ing to set beams for the bridge re­place­ments at South Chicka­mauga Creek and the I-75 over­pass. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

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