Monday November 30th, 2015 11:03PM

DOT crews keeping busy with summer projects

By Alyson Shields Reporter
UNDATED - The busiest time of year for the Georgia Department of Transportation is summer. That's because the weather usually cooperates, so crews are able to work without much delay.

Currently, GDOT has a number of large projects working around north Georgia.

State Route 316 at 20, State Route 347 on Lanier Islands Parkway and the construction of the Cleveland Bypass are all steady works-in-progress for the summer.

State Route 316 at 20 is currently two intersections but will transform into a new interchange.

"Georgia DOT has a project that will change those two intersections into one interchange," said Georgia DOT District Communications Officer Teri Pope. "Basically extending the limited access from further out 316, taking away those signals and making ramps more like an interstate exit."

"It'll be one exit point, whether you're getting off at 20 or at Collin's Hill. They're too close together to be two seperate exits."

State Route 347 on Lanier Islands Parkway is getting a wider road from 985 out to McEver Road. Most construction is happening outside of moving traffic, which takes longer but helps keep delays down for the high volume area."On these high volume coordidors, we try to build it a piece at a time so we can keep traffic running,"

"We know that Lake Lanier Islands is a huge destination for summer, so most of the construction is happening outside the lanes of traffic," said Pope. "There will be a little bit of delay as people go through there because of the construction work going on adjacent to the roadway."

Pope said the delays won't be long ones, though. "There will be a little bit of delay as people go through there because of the construction work going on adjacent to the roadway."

The construction of the Cleveland Bypass is around the southeastern side of Cleveland and affects minimal amounts of traffic.

'Most of that project is new location - a bypass going around the southeastern side of Cleveland," Pope said. "We've had some delays around that intersection of 11 and Hope Drive as we're working and building right in that area, but that's the only area in this project that impacts traffic because this is mostly a new roadway."

DOT officials said they try to do most of their summer projects overnight or during off-hours to minimize traffic back-ups.

As always, the DOT encourages drivers to slow down and be aware while driving in construction zones. Fines are also doubled in these zones.

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