Deal: Expansion on 2 Georgia interstates to begin soon

Deal: Expansion on 2 Georgia interstates to begin soon

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says expansion projects will begin soon on stretches of interstate highway in metro Atlanta and Savannah.

Deal told a breakfast of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that work to widen portions of Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County and I-16 in Savannah is slated to begin in the 2018 fiscal year that starts July 1.

The projects will add lanes along six-to-seven mile stretches of each interstate. The governor told executives, lobbyists and lawmakers at the chamber's annual Eggs & Issues breakfast that the expansions will significantly reduce traffic congestion along each route.

The road projects are part of a 10-year, $10 billion plan for transportation improvements Deal announced last year. Construction is being funded by increases in gas taxes and fees lawmakers approved in 2015.

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