CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Cartersville and Bartow County of a temporary traffic shift on US 41 between Massell Drive SE and Evans Hightower Road in Cartersville, scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018. This shift will move traffic onto the temporary northbound lanes at the bridge over Pettit Creek and the southbound traffic onto the old northbound lanes to accommodate work on the demolition of the southbound bridge over Pettit Creek.

This traffic shift will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 and will be removed at 4 p.m. It will then turn into a detour between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.  Traffic is expected to return to its normal configuration by 9 a.m.  This construction operation and traffic shift it necessitates are permitting and subject to change.

This bridge work is part of a 1.079 mile project of widening and reconstruction on US 41/SR 3. The project also includes the construction of the bridges over CSX Railroad, US 411 and Pettit Creek.  Work on this project began early September 2014. The entire project is expected to be completed by February 5, 2020, at a construction cost of $31,546,121.

“We certainly hope that all motorists watch out for this traffic shift and be extra cautious, while approaching this work zone,” said DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville. “This project may be causing the public some inconvenience, but upon completion, it will improve the flow of traffic in the area, make it safer, and help the public get where they need to go in Cartersville and Bartow County,” Comer explained.

The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its 2018 construction program.  Dozens of important roadway improvement projects are ongoing this summer throughout northwest Georgia as we work to deliver projects on time and on budget while keeping our transportation network the nation’s finest. Pardon the necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously and safely at all times, especially in work zones.

The public is urged to “know before you go.” For real-time information on active construction, incidents and more, call 511 or visit before you get into your car.