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I-20 in east Newton to be resurfaced
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Interstate 20, from Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County to just east of Ga. Highway 83 in Morgan County, will be resurfaced beginning Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

Pittman Construction Company and E. R. Snell Contractor were awarded the $27 million project, which consists of 19.5 miles of milling and resurfacing, according to a state press release.

Motorist can expect daily lane closures and short delays once construction begins, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Spokeswoman Cissy McNure said Monday the first lane closures will be to the inside west-bound lane between mile post 113 and 110. The lane closure will last three days. Then the east-bound inside lane will be closed for three days.

Then construction crews will move west again in three-mile stretches. Crews will do the west and then east inside lanes from mile market 110 to 107 and so on until mile marker 101. They will then follow the same pattern for the outside lanes.

The work between the Ga. Highway 11 (exit 98) and Ga. Highway 142 (93) exits will be done on weekends beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. This is expected to take about eight weekends.

The work is regularly scheduled maintenance, but will also tie into previous state projects, including the widening of I-20 to three lanes up to exit 93, as well as the widening and resurfacing of Ga. Highway 142, which will be completed by Oct. 31, 2012.

The Georgia Department of Transportation asks motorists to slow down and be especially attentive and cautious as they pass through construction work zones.