Major I-75 resurfacing project set to begin in Lowndes County

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 10:25:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - If you're traveling on I-75 this evening, you can expect delays and lane closures.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced a major project to resurface 14 miles of Interstate 75 in Lowndes County. The project is set to begin Tuesday after 7 p.m.

Officials say the resurfacing will take place on the section of interstate from south of the Cook County line to south of Exit 18/state Route 133. This particular section hasn't been resurfaced in 10 years.

The contractor, the Scruggs Co. of Valdosta, will begin work around milepost 32 south of the Cook County line where the contractor will start by micro milling the southbound inside (left) lane. 

The milling will strip the top layer of asphalt to remove imperfections.

Officials state that resurfacing will follow three days later. The speed limit on I-75 will drop to 60 mph when the contractor is on site.

They warn drivers that while the process leaves a smooth riding surface, it will not be the same as riding on paved road. They say drivers, especially motorcyclists, should use caution when traveling on the milled areas.

GDOT says that most work will be done at night to minimize traffic interruptions, but drivers should expect delays and lane closures.

The $10.6 million project is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.