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DeKalb County wants residents’ input on transportation plan update

DeKalb County wants residents’ input on transportation plan update

Project Kick-Off Meetings Set for February

The DeKalb County Department of Public Works – Transportation Division wants input from residents on the future of the county’s transportation plan. The division will hold a series of public meetings in February to share the procedure, vision and goals for updating the current transportation plan, and inform citizens how to stay involved throughout the process.

Residents are encouraged to share their ideas about potential updates to the transportation plan at the upcoming meetings listed below:

Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Lou Walker Senior Center

2538 Panola Road

Lithonia, GA 30058

On MARTA: #117


Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Drive

Decatur, GA 30030

On MARTA: #15, #123, Decatur Station


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.

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

MARTA holds special hours for Fourth of July

ATLANTA -- Riders can get downtown quick and easy this Fourth of July holiday with MARTA.

The service will run on a weekday schedule with special availability for events. Service will be available from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. to accommodate the Peachtree Road Race, Braves game, and fireworks displays around town.

Customers are advised to purchase roundtrip tickets ahead of time to avoid crowds at stations. Tickets are $2.50 one way, plus a $1 charge for a permanent Breeze card. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at all of MARTA's daily parking facilities. Some designated MARTA lots charge a fee.

MARTA will operate a Sunday bus schedule on Wednesday, July 4th. Please visit www.itsmarta.com or call 404-848-5000 for more information.

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission has planned four more Wireside Chats to inform residents about the proposed TSPLOST sales tax and the projects it would fund.

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These town hall-style telephone meetings are coming up later this week, so mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 13
Cherokee County, 6:15 p.m.
DeKalb County, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14
South Fulton County, 6:15 p.m.
Clayton County, 7:30 p.m.

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

Temporary ramp on I-285 opens Tuesday

Temporary ramp on I-285 opens Tuesday

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Drivers who get on or off Interstate 285 at Ashford Dunwoody Road should be aware that traffic will shift to a temporary ramp this Tuesday, May 1 to make way for construction.

Access to the road will not be affected by the shift, according to Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) COO David Purcell. The temporary ramp will allow crews to continue working on the I-285 Diverging Diamond Interchange.

RELATED | 11Alive's Commuter Dude explains the Diverging Diamond

"Traffic will still be able to turn right or left onto Ashford Dunwoody Road from the temporary ramp," Purcell said in a statement.