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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."

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

(WXIA) -- A team of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations are holding a stand-down at various construction sites around Georgia. 

As part of Highway Work Zone Awareness Week which runs April 15 - 19, construction workers will stop work along highways for one hour from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. During that hour, work zone safety training will be held for the stand-down. 

The training, according to the U.S Dept. of Labor, will help prevent certain dangers like texting and driving, as well as worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. 

As reported by an official, around 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment like trucks and trains. 

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. 

MARTA seeks feedback on GA 400 corridor initiative

MARTA seeks feedback on GA 400 corridor initiative

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta-area rapid transit system is soliciting community feedback on its Georgia 400 corridor initiative.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, plans to hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell.

MARTA says it is working with regional and corridor stakeholders to look at a number of alignment and technology options. The goal is to improve mobility and accessibility in the congested corridor.

The MARTA team plans to use the meeting to review the current status of the project, discuss the potential transit technologies and offer participants an opportunity to provide input on the alternatives that have moved forward in the analysis process.