Second phase of I-85 widening is underway in Jackson Co

Drivers can look for night-time delays

The Georgia DOT says work on the widening of I-85 in Jackson County has entered its second phase: 85 will become three lanes instead of two from State Route 53 to just north of US Highway 129. The work will make for mostly nighttime delays on stretches of the Interstate in Jackson County.

“The I-85 Widening, Phase 2 corridor improvements will provide relief by widening I-85 from two to three lanes in both directions from SR 53 to just north of US 129,” says GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland. “Additional work on the project includes replacing one overpass bridge and six mainline bridges along I-85.”

“The Department is leveraging the success of the I-85 Widening, Phase 1 project, which reached substantial completion in July 2020, by advancing Phase 2 of that corridor’s improvements,” Strickland said, noting that Phase 2 of the project should be finished four years ahead of the original completion date.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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