The Georgia Department of Transportation, which needs to implement a nearly two-day closure and detour of State Route (SR) 307 (Dean Forest Road) at Interstate 16 (I-16) to finalize the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) project, says recent weather forecasts have resulted in a schedule delay.
The department has tentatively rescheduled the work to begin Friday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m. and end on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., still weather contingent, according to a news release.
The purpose of the closure is to install new traffic signals, permanent signage, and pavement markings for the final traffic pattern.
Following the closure, the new DDI will be opened to traffic with the exception of the right-hand, southbound lane of SR 307 across I-16, which will open following the completion of the shared-use path anticipated in January, Georgia DOT said.
During the temporary closure, motorists will be restricted to right turns onto the I-16 ramps east and westbound, utilizing Pooler Parkway and Chatham Parkway to turn around and return to Dean Forest Road. Through traffic on I-16 will be routed to the off-ramp, crossing over Dean Forest Road and back onto I-16 via the on-ramp.
"Law enforcement will be in place to direct traffic," according to the release.
Lane closures related to I-16 widening from the separate I-16/I-95 Improvement Projects will be restricted during this time, Georgia DOT said.
Motorists can find more information the closure and detour at https://0013727-sr307-deanforestroad-gdot.hub.arcgis.com/
The Georgia Department of Transportation advised that the exact time may change due to weather conditions. There may be intermittent traffic pacing and additional lane and ramp closures in the work zone.
Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, reduce their speed while traveling through work zones, stay alert, and watch for workers.
Before heading out, drivers can get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions by calling 511, visiting 511ga.org, or downloading the Georgia 511 app.