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Construction to Force I-575 Lane Closure

Work on new interchange at Ridgewalk Parkway expected to last until the end of 2012.

Brace yourselves, Cherokee County commuters.

Beginning Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation will close one lane of Interstate 575 South between Sixes Road (Exit 11) and Towne Lake Parkway (Exit 8).

The closure is necessary because work is about to begin on the new, $17 million interchange on I-575 at Ridgewalk Parkway. Officials anticipate the project will last until the end of 2012.

“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."

The truck lane between mile markers 9.9 and 9.1 will be closed so that crews can construct entrance and exit ramps for the new interchange. It will remain closed until work on the ramps and construction of an auxiliary lane between the new interchange at Ridgewalk Parkway and the Towne Lake Parkway Interchange is complete.

See the attached PDF for more information.

Cherokee Co resident March 14, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I don't think this is an appropriate use of $17 million. Not only is it absurd that they will take nearly 2 YEARS to complete this construction, it isn't really addressing the problem--575 needs to have additional lanes, not just an additional exit. The same number of people will still be traveling on the interstate, and adding an exit will likely add more congestion as it is another place people must merge. So, reducing an already over-crowded highway to one lane, taking a ridiculously long time to do it, AND then there will be no real relief of congestion once it's finished...not smart. Thanks Cherokee County!
Classy Black Woman March 17, 2011 at 06:52 PM
The project is not designed to relieve traffic on the interstate; it's designed to relieve traffic on Towne Lake Parkway and Sixes Road.

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