GDOT to clear trees along I-185, delays possible

Published 10:30 am Thursday, December 31, 2020

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If you’re travelling to Columbus soon, know that the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin a project next week to clear dead, diseased and leaning trees from the right-of-way along Interstate 185, according to a GDOT news release.

The highway maintenance project will cover the stretch of I-185 from the Airport Thruway/Columbus Airport interchange (exit 8) in Columbus to the I-85 junction in Troup County.

Delays could be caused as work crews will close a shoulder of the interstate as a work zone while they take down trees. Crews may also close a lane of traffic at times.

The contractor on the project has 90 days to complete the tree removal.

Signage will be placed in advance of closures and drivers are asked to be alert and slow their speed when passing work zones.

Real-time traffic information on work status and traffic conditions can be accessed at or on the Georgia 511 app.

The contractor, Pride Contracting of Bailey, North Carolina, is doing the work at a cost of  $489,000.