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Roadwork, events to close highways, streets this weekend
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October 13, 2012 01:47 PM | 1002 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With major roadwork and weekend events closing highway lanes and roads in Sandy Springs and Vinings, drivers are asked to prepare for traffic Saturday and Sunday.

In a message on its website Saturday, the city of Sandy Springs announced a number of weekend events will cause lane closures in the city.

The 24 Hours of Booty cycling event, set for Saturday morning to Sunday evening, will close the westbound lane on Mount Vernon Highway between Glenridge and Vernon Woods drives, one lane eastbound on Abernathy Road from Cherry Tree to Glenridge and one lane southbound on Glenridge from Abernathy to Mount Vernon Highway.

The Montessori Mile road race Saturday will close one lane of Long Island Drive.

Also, the Kosher BBQ competition at Congregation B’nai Torah may cause heavier than normal traffic at 700 Mount Vernon Highway.

In a message on its website Saturday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced it will close three lanes of Interstate 285 between Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County and Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County as it continues work on its $56 million resurfacing project.

Crews will resurface 10 miles of I-285, and roadwork will consist of resurfacing entrance and exit ramps in the corridor and deep-milling (excavating and replacing up to eight inches of pavement) on the I-285 mainline. Crews will also repave ramps and shoulders along project area. Also, guardrails will be repaired and installed. Work is scheduled to continue for up to one year with a completion date of August. This is a joint venture of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., and E.R. Snell Contractor Inc.

This weekend, the following lanes will be closed:

o Westbound — Ashford Dunwoody to the Long Island Drive bridge

o Eastbound — ramp from I-75 southbound to I-285 eastbound

o Westbound — Exit 20 off-ramp to WB CD & I-75 NB

o Eastbound — Exit 22 on-ramp from New Northside Drive

o Westbound – Exit 24 off-ramp/on-ramp to/from Riverside Drive

Due to budgetary constraints, the Georgia DOT has been unable to repave the top-end portion of I-285 since 1994-95.

High traffic volume and inclement weather such as the ice storm in 2011 have caused the 10-mile stretch to become a priority during the 2012 construction season.

The contractors are executing a quick turnaround time in hopes of getting as much of the work completed before the winter season.

The I-285 corridor accommodates nearly 250,000 vehicles daily. Motorists should expect significant congestion and long delays, especially on weekends. Travelers are strongly urged to utilize the alternatives of eastside I-285, I-85, Ga. 400 and I-75.

Motorists are encouraged to be careful and stay safe while driving through work zones

Motorists are advised to do the following when traveling in the work zone: slow down, be courteous to fellow drivers, focus solely on driving and exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of paving equipment and workers. Lanes may be narrowed in places and heavy equipment and individuals will be in close proximity to travel lanes.

Travelers can receive real-time travel information by dialing 511or accessing the Georgia Navigator/511 website, Facebook or Twitter (#GDOTI285).

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