Beware nighttime closures at I-285, Roswell Road this week

Those driving near Roswell Road and Interstate 285 this week may need to factor in some extra time to their trip.

Crews will close a stretch of Roswell Road to relocate two sewer lines overnight (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) from Thursday into Friday and then from Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m., according to state transit authorities.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said that Roswell will be closed from Carpenter Drive to I-285, south of The Exchange at Hammond.

This is part of the four-year, $800 million project to overhaul one of metro Atlanta's most important interchanges, I-285 at Ga. 400.

Previously reported as one of the biggest highway projects in Georgia history, it entails: "new I-285 interchanges at I-20 east and west of Atlanta, new Ga. 400 express lanes from I-285 to McGinnis Ferry Road and truck-only lanes on northbound I-75 from McDonough to I-475."

Crews broke ground on the project in late 2016 and are expected to finish in 2020.

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As for detours with this week’s closure:

• Motorists heading north on Roswell Road will shift into the far-left lane to continue north on Roswell. At the I-285 intersection, motorists will shift to the southbound lanes on Roswell Road, go around the median and divert back to Roswell Road northbound after the median.

• Those driving south on Roswell Road will shift one lane before the I-285 interchange; motorists should continue straight on Roswell Road southbound or turn left to I-285 eastbound.

• Drivers on I-285 westbound should exit on Roswell Road (exit 25) and either turn left or right onto Roswell Road. Motorists traveling to Roswell Road northbound will shift to oncoming traffic lanes and go around the median. After the median, motorists will divert back to Roswell Road. Motorists traveling to Roswell Road southbound will turn left.

• Motorists going east on I-285 should exit on Roswell Road (exit 25) and will have one right-turn lane and one left-turn lane to access Roswell Road; the center lane will be closed.

Credit: GDOT

Credit: GDOT

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