If your weekend travels include north metro area, beware of road projects

None of us like long traffic delays when we take to the roadways here in Coweta County or anywhere we travel, but we all know how bad traffic congestion can be in Metro Atlanta.
Sometimes sheer traffic volume causes delays, then there are accidents that create jams. And don’t forget the delays associated with road construction projects.
There always seem to be road work going on to improve the interstate highway system in the Atlanta area, and for the next few months there are two road construction hot spots that motorists should avoid if traveling to the north side of the metro area.
The most problematic travel area is Interstate 285 on the north side from Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County to Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County.
Resurfacing of that stretch of I-285 is taking place on weekends from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Completion date for the $56 million project is August 2013.
If you plan to plan to travel to that area on weekends, it would be wise to find an alternate route to I-285. Often there are stretches of I-285 with three lanes closed and sometimes exit and entrance ramps are closed. The good news is the work is not being done during weekdays when thousands of workers travel I-285.
If you are trying to avoid that I-285 area on weekends and Interstate 85 north inside the perimeter highway is your alternate, note that work is taking place on the I-85 and Georgia 400 interchange in the Buckhead area. Delays are common in that area.

Both of these construction projects are causing headaches for weekend motorists.



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