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Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

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Woman killed in rollover crash on Ga. 400

Woman killed in rollover crash on Ga. 400

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed one person Wednesday evening.

It happened at around 7:40 p.m. on northbound Georgia 400 near Peachtree Parkway.

According to a sheriff's report, 51-year-old Lynn Herman of Flowery Branch was driving her Ford Explorer in the inside lane when she swerved off the road. She overcorrected and flipped the SUV, landing on the side of the highway.

Herman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Watch out for road crews this week

Watch out for road crews this week

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform roadwork this week on highways in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties.

Workers will be on the roads Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Mowing will take place along Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads in Forsyth County. Shoulders will be closed for crews.

One lane of Browns Bridge Road is also expected to close so workers can repair rutting that developed at the edge of the pavement.

Mowers will be along Buford Highway in Buford, and workers will pick up trash next to roads throughout Gwinnett County.

On Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, one lane will close for a crew to repair a drainage structure.

More mowing is expected to take place along Old Cornelia Highway and Clarks Bridge Road in Hall County.

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Race this weekend: We the Runners

Race this weekend: We the Runners

CUMMING, Ga. -- Not running the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race? That means you can participate in Forsyth County's We the Runners Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Sparkler Trot.

All races will be held Friday, July 4 at Fowler Park in Cumming.

Packet pickup and race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The half marathon and 10K will be off and running at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K will start at 7:45 a.m.; and the tot trot, open to children ages 10 and under, will start at 9 a.m.

Registration is $55 for the half marathon, $40 for the 10K, $35 for the 5K and $10 for the tot trot. All runners will receive T-shirts and race bags, while half marathon finishers will also get commemorative medals.

We the Runners benefits the March of Dimes.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way, off Atlanta Highway.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

Police officer drowns at Lake Lanier

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities recovered the body of a man from Lake Lanier on Thursday night.

According to Forsyth County Fire Department spokesperson Jason Shivers, 32-year-old Canon Trent Callender was swimming in the lake about 35 feet from the shore when he got into distress around 5 p.m. People on the shoreline heard him calling for help and dialed 911.

Dive and rescue teams found Callender's body in about 10 feet of water at around 7 p.m.

A Lawrenceville Police dispatcher confirmed Callender was an officer with the department for eight years. He was not on duty when he drowned.

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