I-285 Lane Closures - Updated November 2022

i285 lane closures

Starting October 2022, please be aware of the above lane closures on highways I285 and GA 400 that may impact your commute to your scheduled appointments.

Please plan for these lane closures accordingly. Avoid highway I-285 if possible, and use navigation apps when commuting to your appointments in order to find potential faster alternative routes. 

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I-285 Eastbound Closure

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Transform 285/400 project has begun bridge demolition and reconstruction causing lane reductions on I-285E and I-285W between Ashford Dunwoody and Roswell Road. The construction is anticipated to last through mid-2023. 

Lane reductions will first take effect on the eastbound side of I-285 from Roswell Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road and began on October 8. The westbound closure will follow approximately two weeks later. These lane reductions are necessary for Georgia DOT to complete bridge demolition and reconstruction and should last approximately eight months. Attached is a graphic depicting the initial eastbound closure.

For more information visit https://transform285400-gdot.hub.arcgis.com/pages/lanereductions

i285 lane closures

Key Things To Know

The work will be performed in two phases:

• Phase 1: Inside lanes will close on I-285 in each direction between Roswell Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road, so crews can reconstruct the interior portions of the I-285 bridges over Glenridge Drive, SR 400, and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. This phase will take approximately four months.

• Phase 2: Traffic will shift to the inside lanes providing width for three travel lanes and the existing outside lanes will close to traffic so crews can demolish and reconstruct the exterior portions of the bridges. This phase will take approximately four months.

• There will be a minimum of three lanes in each direction open on I-285, and the connecting lanes will remain open during the day

What You Should Expect

Travelers should expect major disruptions to daily commutes and driving routines and should prepare for profound delays on I-285, potentially adding an hour or more to daily commutes.

Motorists should leave earlier, utilize navigation apps to select alternate routes, and consider alternative commute options through Georgia Commute Options. Drivers continuing to utilize I-285 should pay attention and use caution through the work zone.

Other FAQs

What are the I-285 Lane Closures and how long will they be in place?
To further advance construction of the Transform 285/400 project, Georgia DOT’s contractor will close lanes in both directions on I-285 from Ashford Dunwoody Road to Roswell Road for bridge demolition and reconstruction over Glenridge Drive, SR 400, and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The eastbound reduction will start first with the westbound closures following approximately two weeks later. This work will start as early as October 8 and anticipated to take eight months to complete.

Why can’t we close just one lane in one direction or close lanes just at night?
Constructing the bridges with a single-lane closure would prolong the bridge construction. It would also result in traffic (with a high percentage of trucks) very close to the work zone. Additionally, closing the lanes just at night isn’t possible due to the amount of construction activity and equipment taking place in the closed lanes.

Will there still be nighttime closures?
Yes. The construction team will continue to perform work at night, which often requires additional closures. There could be just one lane open in a single direction during the nighttime hours.

Is there a recommended detour route?
When possible we recommend motorists utilize their preferred navigation app to determine the best way around the closures. As always, apps and mobile devices should always be used “hands free” in Georgia, per state law.

What type of traffic impacts should I expect?
The traveling public should expect profound delays and major disruptions to their daily commutes and driving routines during this time. There could be up to an hour or more of delays under the best of conditions. We urge motorists utilize navigation apps (hands free) to select alternate routes in order to stay away from the construction area or to consider alternative commute options. If traveling through the area, motorists should remain patient in the face of significant delays, pay attention and use caution.

What happens if a vehicle stalls, breaks down, or has an incident in the corridor?
When incidents occur, delays will likely worsen significantly. Limited shoulders are available during the lane reductions. There will be protracted response times for HERO units or other first responders following traffic incidents. HERO units will run patrols regularly throughout the system to help motorists and move vehicles when necessary. The project team continues to meet with local first responders to develop processes and procedures for responding to any incidents during construction.

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