The Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorists in northwest Georgia of lane closures on I-75 between exits 345 and 348, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The right lane of I-75 northbound between mile markers 347 and 348, and the left lane of the Interstate southbound between mile posts 344.2 and 345 will be closed Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p. m., to allow the department’s maintenance crews to work on repairing deteriorating asphalt patches.

The two left southbound lanes of the Interstate between mile markers 346 and 347.4 will also be closed for maintenance work on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This maintenance operation and the lane closures it necessitates are weather-permitting and subject to change."

“Georgia DOT wants to constrict traffic flow in this area as little as possible, but delays at times are almost unavoidable,” said Kent Sager, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.

“We have made every effort to minimize the impact this maintenance operation may have on the heavy traffic on I-75 in Catoosa County," he continued. "Working in phases; informing the public in advance of this operation; and scheduling the lane closures after the morning rush hour, and reopening these lanes before the evening rush hour are only a few examples of these efforts."

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other road project on interstates and state routes.

Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather.

Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More information is available at http://www.511ga.org.

Walker County Messenger