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Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- This weekend is going to be beautiful, weather-wise, and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

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But pretty days (and nights) come with a snag for drivers: weekend roadwork.

A major project begins Friday night in Cobb County. North Marietta Parkway will be closed between Cobb Parkway and Wallace Road for five consecutive weekends.

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The road will be open during the week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has not scheduled much roadwork for this weekend.

Rain resulting from Tropical Storm Karen could move through metro Atlanta on Sunday and cancel any existing projects as well.

"We have single right lane closures planned for both directions on I-285 on the east side between Cascade and MLK and one on (Georgia) 400 southbound at Hammond Drive but the weather may change those plans," said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle.

Work will also continue on the I-85/Georgia 400 Interchange project, which could result in lane closures on Buford Highway, Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road.

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."

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

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.