Hulsey acknowledged that “it is an interchange long overdue.”
He explained that the Lee Road project is just getting started, although the clearing and tree removal is now complete. The next step is getting utilities relocated.
“We’re excited about the project and think it will create more balance as to how people access I-20 in Douglas County,” said Hulsey.
When the project is complete, the bridge will consist of seven lanes with two left turn lanes to go east on I-20 and one turn lane off the bridge to go west. Two lanes in each direction will accommodate future growth of the Lee Road corridor.
The ramps will be further away from the bridge and longer in length.
A loop road will align along Vulcan Drive and will be the main entrance into Sweetwater Industrial Park.
The engineering costs alone on the Lee Road interchange amounted to $987,907. The construction bid reached more than $16.9 million.Build time is around 30 months with the completion date scheduled for Oct. 31, 2015.