Construction affects I-295, Ramsey Street


Construction is expected to wrap by 5 a.m. Monday. Officials say the biggest impact is going to be motorist inconvenience if they travel that section of Ramsey Street.

Crews closed the north side of Ramsey Street around 8 p.m. Friday, detouring traffic, as heavy duty cranes moved into place.

The plan is to lift into place the 40-ton girders that will span Ramsey Street. The bridge will carry traffic across the interchange as part of the I-295 bypass or outer loop project.

Ramsey Street is a major artery, and heavily traveled, carrying upwards of 30,000 vehicles each day. Contractors say the traffic is not as heavy on weekends and holidays.

Road crews will work around the clock over the weekend, and construction officials warn motorists there will be a lot going on.

"Just let the motorists know that there are people out here working. Be safe, pay attention to the signs, and note there is working going out here. We want everybody that is riding around to know that it's one weekend, and hopefully it won't be any inconvenience more than that," said Mike Taylor with Barnhill Construction.

Outbound traffic will be detoured to take 295 bypass to the River Road exit, go across the bridge, and then back down the other lanes towards Ramsey Street. Inbound traffic will take Andrews Road to McArthur Road and follow that until it intersects with Ramsey Street.

ABC11 timed both detours, the 295 detour took about 7 minutes to drive, and that is all interstate driving. Meanwhile, the Andrews to McArthur detour took 10.5 minutes since it is two-lane traffic through several neighborhoods.

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