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Tractor Trailer Wreck Closes Lanes on I-85 at SR 316 Thursday

Only one northbound lane is open. Georgia DOT is working to have 3 inside lanes open by noon, the outside lane will be closed until 4 p.m. for repairs.

A tractor-trailer accident has four of the five northbound lanes of I-85 at SR 316 closed for repairs.

Only one lane is open. A Georgia DOT spokeperson said a tractor-trailer overturned and lost its load of prefabricated concrete walls.

Crews are on site removing the wrecked vehicle and its cargo. GDOT is expected to have three lanes open by noon. But it will be 4 p.m. before all lanes are open.

A 160-feet stretch of asphalt about 12-foot wide has to be removed and replaced before it can be opened for use.

GDOT officials ask that drivers use caution when driving through the area. Fifty-seven Georgia DOT personnel and many other motorists, passengers and contractor workers have been killed since 1973 in highway work zone accidents.

"Please help us prevent these tragedies by slowing down; being especially attentive and cautious as you pass through construction work zones; and always driving responsibly," the release reads. 

For information on the Department of Transportation, visit www.dot.ga.gov

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