-- Joe Dodge, Acworth
A: This is construction of the Big Shanty Connector, a new underpass on I-75 between Barrett Parkway and Chastain Road. It will connect George Busbee Parkway to Barrett Lakes Boulevard on the other side of the interstate, Mark D. McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, told Q&A on the News. The project began in February. The contractor recently cleared the median so that traffic could be shifted there while the new bridges are built on the interstate, he said. That shift took place during the first week of July. Once the bridges are built, traffic will be shifted back over the new roadway (Big Shanty Connector). The cost of the project is almost $8.1 million, and the DOT has scheduled it for completion by April 30, 2012.