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If the weather cooperates, contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation have a full slate of infrastructure improvement projects planned on Metropolitan Atlanta interstates this weekend. Lane closures are scheduled at multiple locations on several routes; delays, perhaps lengthy, are possible.
The Department and its contractors closely coordinate these various jobs to minimize their collective impact on motorists but those who must travel on Interstates 20, 75, 285 and Georgia (State Route) 400 are advised to call 511 or consult 511ga.org before departing to learn current work status and traffic conditions.
Perhaps the most impactful work planned will be at the Kennedy Interchange of Interstates 75 and 285 in Cobb County. Signage installation will require a multiple lane closure on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before its exit ramp to I-75 North and Cobb Parkway. Two outside (right) lanes will be closed beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday; that closure will be expanded to three lanes at 11 p.m., and continue until perhaps 8 a.m., Sunday. In addition, Outer Loop traffic will be paced through the area beginning at approximately 2 a.m., Sunday.
This weekend's other scheduled work – weather permitting – includes:
- The beginning phase of construction of the Northwest Corridor (NWC) Express Lanes project, which will require a northbound I-75 lane closure from 9 p.m., Sunday, to 5 a.m., Monday, from Wade Green Road to Hickory Grove Road;
- Continuous 9 p.m., Friday, to 5 a.m., Monday, closure of two I-285 Outer Loop lanes between South Cobb Parkway and Bolton Road, for concrete slab repair and replacement;
- On westside Interstate 20, bridge joint and header replacement on the bridge at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard will require two westbound I-20 lanes there be closed from 9 p.m., Friday, until 5 a.m., Monday;
- Also on I-20 on the westside, an opening – the new I-20 exit ramps to Lee Road;
- On eastside I-20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, two eastbound lanes in the vicinity of Salem Road and two westbound lanes at U.S. Highway 278 and the westbound exit ramp to U.S. 278 will be closed from 9 p.m., Friday, until 5 a.m., Monday, for resurfacing;
- On Georgia (State Route) 400, one lane between Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Glenridge Connector will be closed from 7 a.m., to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; and
- Two northbound Georgia 400 lanes at the Northridge Road Interchange will be closed from 9 p.m., Friday, until 5 a.m., Monday.
Other Georgia DOT work and routine maintenance will necessitate various lane closures this weekend (as detailed in the attached spreadsheets); the Department also cautions that incident and emergency repair related closures may be necessary on any route at any time.
The Department encourages motorists always to drive cautiously, courteously, undistracted and unimpaired.
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