Drivers may want to start thinking about ways to avoid the I-75 interchange at Rocky Face if they can.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $33.581 million contract to reconstruct the interchange. Work should begin this spring or summer and is expected to last through June 2016.
The project includes the reconstruction of the entrance and exit ramps, installation of an intersection video detection system and construction of four bridges. In addition, Tampico Way’s intersection with Shugart Road will be moved about 400 feet south. Now, that intersection is just a few feet south of the intersection of Shugart and Highway 41.
The goal is to make the interchange and the roads around it safer and to move traffic more smoothly.
The project has been on the books for almost two decades and at the top of the Greater Dalton Metropolitan Planning Organization’s list of priorities for more than a decade.
“This has been a long time coming, but I’m glad the contract has been awarded. I’m anxious to see the work move forward and make that a better interchange for the traveling public,” said Whitfield County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Babb.
“I hope that after the work is finished it will cause more people to get off and do some shopping on Shugart Road and all the new businesses over there. Maybe it will bring some more restaurants to the area up there,” Babb said.