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New lanes of bypass to open Thursday
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A road worker continues making preparations for the opening of four lanes to traffic on the U.S. 301 Bypass through Tuesday's drizzle. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Local drivers will have to wait one more day before trying out the newly constructed lanes of the Statesboro bypass.
    Over the weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced that traffic on the bypass (U.S. 301/ SR 73 Bypass) would be permanently shifted to the northbound lanes today. However, because Tuesday’s rain and the anticipation of rain today, officials announced that traffic would not be switched onto the new lanes until Thursday.
    Once traffic is switched onto the northbound lanes, the bypass will operate as a divided median roadway with both northbound lanes (outside lanes) and one southbound lane open to traffic. At that point, crews will begin applying the final coat of asphalt to the future southbound lanes one at a time, followed by striping.
    In addition, DOT crews will work on the intersections along the seven-mile stretch, moving stop signs and installing traffic signals. Motorists can expect minor delays while paving operations move through these intersections.
    The remaining construction is expected to be completed by November of this year when the project will be fully opened to traffic as a four-lane divided median roadway. DOT officials ask that the traveling public use caution while traveling through the construction areas.
    Georgia DOT advises travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. More information is available at www.511ga.org.
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