The following is sent on behalf the Georgia Department of Transportation.
For general information on GDOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov
Roadwork on The Perimeter
This weekend Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors resume their push toward the conclusion of the 2014 construction season. As on recent weekends, a major Metro focus of that work will be on Interstate 285, especially that portion above its interchanges with Interstate 20. Weather permitting, crews have multiple projects planned. Work is being coordinated to avoid conflicting with traffic to and from Sunday’s season opener against New Orleans. Still, Georgia DOT is asking the public to avoid travel on The Perimeter if possible. Lengthy delays at several locations are probable:
- Concrete slab replacement continues on westside I-285 and will require a continuous 9 p.m., tonight, to 5 a.m., Monday, closure of two northbound (Inner Loop) and two southbound (Outer Loop) lanes between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road;
- Also in both directions on I-285, one outside lane and the outside shoulder will be closed all weekend between Georgia (State Route) 400 and Roswell Road for sign footing construction, as will two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane between Roswell Road and Northside Drive (I-285 traffic pacing also is likely Saturday overnight at the Kennedy Interchange with Interstate 75);
- Other eastside I-285 sign work between Northlake Parkway and Lawrenceville Highway one continuous lane closure in both directions throughout the weekend; and
- On the Bottom-End Perimeter, resurfacing will require the closure of one lane of the Outer Loop exit ramp to southbound Interstate 75 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (the ramp will remain open throughout the work) and bridge repairs will necessitate closing one outside lane (and one Interstate 85 northbound lane) at their interchange all weekend.
Georgia DOT advises those who must travel I-285 to call 511 or consult 511ga.org before departing to learn current work status and traffic conditions.
Additional construction efforts will continue as well:
- Workers in Rockdale and Newton counties will close two Interstate 20 westbound lanes between Salem Road and Stockbridge Highway all weekend as well as the eastbound exit and entrance ramps at U.S. Highway 278 near Covington;
- On I-75, one lane in each direction near the Brookwood Split will be closed from 9 p.m., tonight until 5 a.m., Sunday, for sign installation; one northbound lane between Howell Mill and Moores Mill roads will be closed continuously from 9 p.m., tonight, until 5 a.m., Monday; and
- On Georgia 400, two northbound lanes in the vicinity of the former toll plaza will be closed from 9 p.m., tonight, until 5 a.m., Saturday, to shift traffic into its permanent lane configuration, with similar southbound closures planned for Saturday night into Sunday morning.
As always, the Department encourages motorists to drive cautiously, courteously, undistracted and unimpaired. All work is contingent upon favorable weather.