Lanes will be closed temporarily on U.S. 27 south of Rome this week, likely beginning Wednesday, to allow workers to install beams for the new bridge at Booze Mountain Road, the state Department of Transportation has reported.

Lanes are expected to be closed at various times between 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Friday for both northbound and southbound traffic. Local police officers will help direct traffic, but minor delays are expected.

“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 construction project may have on traffic on U.S. 27 in Floyd County.”

The new bridge is part of the Southwest Rome Bypass construction project. This project includes 5.48 miles of widening and reconstruction on U.S. 27, beginning south of the Coosa River. It also includes the construction of five bridges within its limits.

Work on the Southwest Rome Bypass began early April 2008. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2011, at a construction cost of close to $55 million.