Ga. DOT Working in Banks, Stephens, Habersham Counties This Week

Work is underway on a stretch of Interstate 85 in Banks County.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, crews have begun maintenance work on a 2-mile stretch of northbound I-85 just north of the Banks Crossing interchange.

DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews would be removing damaged slabs of concrete in the roadway and re-pouring them.

“Concrete is really great because it lasts a long time and it does not have to be re-surfaced as frequently as asphalt does,” said Pope. “But we are to that time now where we need to do some maintenance work on the concrete roadway. The concrete sections are poured in slabs of roughly one lane wide and roughly 12 to 14 feet long. The edges of those slabs is cracking or sometimes the caulk between the slabs is gone.”

According to Pope, work will take place Mondays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. as weather permits.

During work times, the right or outside lane will be closed as crews make those repairs and delays are possible.

The work is expected to last about three weeks.

Elsewhere, the Georgia Department of Transportation has announced mowing plans in Stephens and surrounding counties.

In Stephens County, DOT officials have said crews will mow along State Route 17. Crews are also expected to mow along State Route 17 in Habersham County.

Finally in Rabun County, crews will mow along State Route 15/U.S. Highway 441.

Crews will work today through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as weather permits.

According to the DOT, the mowing will only require shoulder or median lane closures.

The DOT reminded motorists that they should reduce their speed in these and all work zones.