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Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

(WXIA) -- Weekends usually mean lots and lots of interstate traffic in metro Atlanta.

But this weekend, the weather will be gorgeous and much of the roadwork will move off the highways.

"We didn't really plan to avoid work on the interstates this weekend. It just turned out that the contractors didn't schedule any," said Georgia Department of Transportation Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. "We will likely be back out there next weekend though."

A few interstate projects are still in the works. On I-285, maintenance crews will close two rights lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly to replace concrete slabs. Those closures will happen southbound from Cascade Road to Langford Parkway and northbound from Hollowell Parkway to South Cobb Drive.

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

ATLANTA -- Just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation has begun producing a series of educational videos aimed to promote safe driving and cut down on the number of fatalities on state highways.

The initiative is part of the Federal Highway Administration's Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

Georgia drivers are already making progress in decreasing the number of traffic-related deaths. Last year, 549 fewer people died on state roads than in 2005.

"We are gratified by the continuing progress being made in reducing fatal accidents on Georgia highways, especially so as we approach another travel-heavy holiday weekend," GDOT commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "One death is too many, however. This educational video outreach is part of our overall effort."

The video series, called DriveSmart, encourages motorists to cut out all distractions while behind the wheel.

All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

(WXIA) -- Summer 2013, as reported by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, makes ten years in a row that police are bumping up the number of patrols throughout Georgia - to crack down on dangerous driving. 

Katie Fallon, spokeswoman for the GOHS said the boost in patrol is part of the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. It is a strategy in which all jurisdictions of highway safety enforcement work to reduce aggressive, high-speed travel and driving under the influence. During the summer months, accidents happen from these two bad driving habits. 

"Temperatures won't be the only thing making the heat rise this summer," Director Harris Blackwood said. "From drunk drivers to aggressive speeders, all unsafe motorists will be feeling the H.E.A.T."

Routine road work could slow travel near northeast Atlanta

Routine road work could slow travel near northeast Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be working on routine maintenance over the week of March 25 - March 29 that could slow traffic flow in some couties. 

Those that may be affected include Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties. Although most road work will only require crews to close the shoulder or median lane, drivers are reminded to be cautious when travelling through work areas.

The schedule from GDOT is tentative, and may be slightly adjusted if emergency response is needed for an accident, or if any emergency repairs are required. 

Teri Pope of GDOT released the schedule for road work. In Forsyth County, crews will patch damaged asphalt on SR 53 and the Forsyth Hall County line. The will mow SR 20, SR 371 and SR 9.

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation closed their Emergency Operations Center early on Friday afternoon.

The center closed at 2:00 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for GDOT. GDOT decided to close early based on information from the National Weather Service, as it predicted that metro Atlanta will not be affected by severe weather conditions on Friday. 

As reported, the Northeast Georgia District (D1) operations center will remain open until further notice. The spokesperson sad GDOT will have limited crews ready to respond as needed on the roadways. 

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.georgia-navigator.com before making trips. 

 

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

(WXIA) -- With threats of inclement weather looming, icy road conditions are apt to develop overnight. 

Counties surrounding metro Atlanta are preparing to treat roads before winter weather strikes. The 11Alive Help Desk has complied county contacts for you to report icy conditions in your neighborhood too.

Resource Page: Reporting Icy Road Conditions

If you come upon winter weather while in your vehicle, Safe Motorist recommends that you stay alert, slow down and stay in control.

$18 million in roadwork coming to NE Ga.

$18 million in roadwork coming to NE Ga.

ATLANTA -- Four road projects in northeast Georgia have been awarded a total of $18.8 million by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Madison counties will benefit from the funds and the corresponding roadwork, GDOT announced Tuesday.

"Many of the projects awarded are expensive, large-scale improvements to major interstate highways and other major arteries," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "Others are smaller jobs on less travelled city streets and county roads. But each one, regardless of its size or cost, represents an important enhancement to the safety, growth or maintenance of Georgia's transportation network."

Crews plan to extended the northbound lane of Ga. 400 from McFarland Road to Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County. The work also includes an extension of the northbound Abernathy Road ramp.