The Georgia Department of Transportation has recently approved $184,138 in Quick Response Program funding to improve the safety and efficiency of the I-75 exit ramp to State Route (SR)/US 41in Gordon County. Work on this project, awarded to Bartow Paving Company of Cartersville, is scheduled to start today. It is expected to be completed in three weeks.

The contractor will add a left turn lane to the I-75 South exit ramp to US 41in order to enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic at this location.

“Upon completion, this Quick Response project will help improve the flow of traffic in the area, make it safer and help the public get where they need to go in Gordon County,” said Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville.

Work on this project will occasionally require lane closures, night work, shoulder closures and pacing of traffic. Motorists should be aware of the advanced warning signs and watch out for contractor personnel and vehicles in this work zone.

The Quick Response Program supports low cost operational projects on the State Route system such as restriping, intersection improvements, turn lane additions and extensions. These project can be implemented in a short period of time and typically cost less than $200,000. They generally stay within the state right-of-way and require little if any utility relocation. Quick Response projects are identified by Georgia DOT staff and managed through the Office of Local Grants.