The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the southbound lane on I-575 between Sixes Road exit 11 and Towne Lake Parkway exit between mile markers 9.9 and 9.1.
The closure is needed to accommodate work on constructing entrance and exit ramps for the new Rope Mill Road/Ridgewalk Parkway interchange.
The outside lane will remain closed until work on the ramps and construction of an auxiliary exit-only lane between the new interchange and the Towne Lake Parkway interchange is complete.
The project includes the replacement of the existing bridge over I-575; realignment of Old Rope Mill Road, so it will intersect with Ridgewalk Parkway and accommodate the ramps of the new interchange; and construction of auxiliary lanes between the new interchange and the Towne Lake interchange.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, at a construction cost of little over $17 million.
"We certainly hope that all motorists watch out for the lane closure and be extra cautious, while approaching this work zone," said Kent Sager, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville. "This construction project may be causing the public some inconvenience, but upon completion, it will provide better access to I-575 in that area of Cherokee County; improve the flow of traffic on the Interstate; make it safer; and help the public get where they need to go in Cherokee County," Sager explained.
For updated information on this and other road projects in Georgia, drivers can call 511 or see the website at www.511ga.org.