Big changes are underway for the I-16 and I-75 interchange expansion in Macon.
Starting today, we're going to keep you updated on everything happening with the $500 million project and how it will affect your commute.
Our Yvonne Thomas has your interchange update.
“You're going to see a lot of orange cones,” said state representative James Beverly.
Orange cones are on the entrance ramps and on the streets, marking the start of the I-16 and I-75 Interchange Project.
“We're going to have to do some deconstruction before we do some construction,” said Beverly.
Beverly says crews are clearing trees and making way for phases 1 and 1B of this seven-part project.
“The highway is going to be razed. These lanes kind of criss-cross to go from Atlanta to Savannah,” said Beverly. “That's going to be a one-way straight through.”
According to GDOT, Phase 1 will improve one and a half miles of I-16 between I-75 and Coliseum Drive.
Phase 1B, involves the mitigation improvements in Pleasant Hill.
“You're going to see a lot of activity over there,” said Beverly.
Middle Street is closed.
“It's going to offer a little bit more walkability, a little more access, more lights in that area,” said Beverly.
Crews are also working near the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Spring Street.
Even though traffic could be an issue in the future, Beverly believe these orange cones mark the start for a new beginning.
“Just work with us and remember orange cones mean progress not hazard," said Beverly.
The state expects to complete the seven-phase project by 2024.