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Bypass to shift onto newly constructed lanes Wednesday
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    The Georgia Department of Transportation announces that northbound traffic on the east Statesboro Bypass (U.S. 301/ SR 73 Bypass) will be permanently shifted onto the newly constructed lanes on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
    The bypass will then function as a divided  median roadway with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane. The most noticeable difference will be a change in the location of stop signs and stop bars on side roads approaching the bypass. This traffic shift is necessary to complete resurfacing and striping of  the two future southbound lanes. All intersections in this 7-mile section will continue to be fully operational, and most of the work will be completed with little inconvenience to the traveling public. However, minor delays can be expected while paving operations move through intersections.
    Remaining construction is expected to be completed by November of this year, and the project will be fully opened to traffic as a four-lane divided median roadway. We ask that the traveling public use caution while traveling through the construction areas.
    Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at
    The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment.  For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our web site (
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