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Metro ATL Traffic: I-285 Triple Lane Closure, Weekend Delays

With nice weather in the forecast, traffic could be heavy in spots with construction and maintenance crews working across the metro Atlanta area.

Courtesy Georgia DOT
Courtesy Georgia DOT

Patch Staff Report:

With sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, construction and maintenance crews will be working across Metro Atlanta on various projects all weekend. 

Georgia DOT encourages motorists to plan ahead to avoid construction-related backups on three major routes through the area as I-75/I-85 downtown, I-85 north, and State Route 400 north each have daytime lane closures scheduled. 

Additional lane closures are scheduled in the overnight hours on these and other routes but the biggest impact to traffic will be during the day.

The most noteworthy nighttime closure will be a triple left lane closure in both directions on I-285 between West Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road for sign replacements. This closure is only scheduled in the overnight hours (9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.).  The lanes will be open during the day.

“Plan ahead - I can’t say it enough,” said District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. “Call 511; check www.511ga.org on the web before you leave home.  If you plan ahead you can avoid some potentially heavy delays.”

On I-85, two left northbound lanes will be closed Saturday and two right southbound lanes will be closed Sunday for sign work between Clairmont Road and State Route 400. Each of these closures will be in place from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Heavy delays are expected.

Downtown on I-75/I-85 northbound near University Avenue, two right lanes will be closed on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for pavement work. Some delays are expected.

Two right northbound lanes will be closed Saturday on State Route 400 from I-85 to Sidney Marcus Boulevard for concrete work. Again, motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid backups.

Additional work will be occurring during the overnight hours on the interstate and state routes.

Various single lane closures will be in place in and around the State Route 400/I-85 Interchange project on routes including the Buford-Spring Connector (SR13), Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and on State Route 400.  Some of these closures are during the day and some are at night.

Additionally, there will be rolling lane closures on the interstates across the metro area each night for sweeping operations. All work is weather permitting.

Additional information on these and other traffic interruptions is available via the attachment with this report.


Motorists can access real-time, statewide, route-specific information on accidents, road work, traffic and weather conditions through Georgia 511 - a free phone service. By dialing 511, callers also can transfer to operators to 24 hours a day to report incidents or request assistance. The system can be used to access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, tourism information and 511 systems in surrounding states. Additionally, 511 is available online. Georgia DOT partners with sponsors for assistance in funding 511, thereby preserving tax dollars and helping sustain critical services. For more information about 511, visit 511ga.org. For information on the Department of Transportation, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov; you also may follow Georgia DOT on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/gadeptoftrans). 

- The Georgia DOT 


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