Construction on the I-16 / I-75 Interchange Project is moving right along.
Kimberly Larson with the Department of Transportation says crews are now expanding their work on Phase 2 and 3 of the project.
For the last eight weeks, crews have been hard at work in three areas for Phases 1 and 1B of the $500 million project.
Now, they're starting Phases 2 and 3.
For Phases 2 and 3, you'll see them working along the interchange, mainly on I-75N near Hardeman Avenue.
Over the next four years, a new ramp will be added to I-16E and run parallel to I-75N.
Crews plan to also add more driving lanes after the split on I-16E and I-75N.
This week, crews will also start tearing down the Spring Street onramp to I-16E.
The ramp will become a collector-distributor road where crews can work safely on the interchange.
You will also see crews working in Pleasant Hill as they pour concrete on the open drain between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue.
The onramp to I-16E on Spring Street is closed.
Instead you should take Emery Highway to Coliseum Drive, and then to MLK Blvd to get on the interstate.
Middle Street is still closed to drive through traffic in the Pleasant Hill community.
Starting on Wednesday, the right lane of I-75S will be closed from the I-16 split to Hardeman Avenue.
On Thursday, the right lane of I-75N will be closed near the Hardeman Avenue exit to I-16E.
All closures should be in place by 9 p.m.
Phases 2 and 3 should be completed by Winter 2021.
Department of Transportation spokesperson Kimberly Larson says construction contracts for both phases were awarded together to E.R Snell contractor for $156 million.