I-75 Ride to Get Easier

Some construction areas should be completed soon. As anyone who's driven Interstate 75 in south Georgia during the past few years can tell you, major construction is causing major slowdowns.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they know it's been difficult, but they are making serious progress.

Joe Cowan, an I-75 construction engineer, says, "In Lowndes County we have the project from Valdosta to the Cook County line, and that project is roughly 80 to 85 percent complete. The bridge work is the main pinch point right now, getting those bridges complete. So we're still gonna have those traffic shifts at those bridges."

State transportation officials say the roadwork will continue on in Lowndes County at least until the end of 2005. The great news is the work north of a section on I-75 should wrap up in the coming months, and that has local law enforcement officials excited.

SGT James Partain, Tift County Sheriff's Deputy, says, "We're probably not gonna know what to do with ourselves because it's been so long since we've been without any construction on the interstate. It will help save a lot of accidents."

Officials hope to use more message boards to warn drivers about what construction remains to be done.

Cowan adds, "If there are backups, we'll try and give them advanced warnings where they can find alternate routes."

That means the summer drive should be a little easier this year. The state of Georgia will likely spend $1 billion on roadwork this year.