Work planned on the I-75/I-285 interchange in Cobb County will probably have the most impact among the long list of road projects expected to shut down interstate lanes across metro Atlanta this weekend, if the weather cooperates.
Here are the details: Sign installation will require the closure of two right lanes of I-285 westbound just before I-75 in Cobb County beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the closure expanding to three lanes at 11 p.m. and continuing through 8 a.m. Sunday. Crews will also occasionally block all westbound lanes beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday.
In northern Cobb County, the beginning of construction for the “Northwest Corridor Express Lanes” will require the closure of one northbound lane of I-75 between Wade Green Road and Hickory Grove Road, from 9 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.
Also on I-75, two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be blocked between Moores Mill and Howell Mil roads from 2 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday for drainage work.
On the Perimeter, one lane of I-285 eastbound will be closed between Glenridge Road and Ga. 400 from 9 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday, while a westbound lane will be shut down the same hours between Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Ga. 400.
Just west of downtown, two westbound lanes of I-20 will be closed at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday until to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge work.
East of Atlanta in Rockdale and Newton counties, two eastbound lanes of I-20 near Salem Road and two westbound lanes of I-20 at U.S. 278, as well as the westbound exit ramp to U.S. 278, will be shut down from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.
Rain could delay roadwork: Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton is predicting a 30 percent chance of rain daily through Sunday, along with highs in the mid-80s today, low 80s Saturday and upper 70s Sunday, and lows in the 60s. Minton said the chance of rain drops to 20 percent for Monday's Columbus Day holiday, but climbs to 70 percent Tuesday, when there could be a risk of severe thunderstorms.
Pride festival, Disney on Ice and football highlight weekend events: The Atlanta Pride Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, with events centered on Piedmont Park. The Atlanta Pride Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday near the Civic Center MARTA station and ends at Piedmont Park.
Philips Arena hosts nine performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday of “Disney on Ice presents Frozen.”
Weekend sporting events include Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. Georgia Tech-Duke football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Clark-Atlanta University’s 2 p.m. game against College of Faith on the Clark-Atlanta campus Saturday, Georgia State University’s 2 p.m. game against Arkansas State Saturday and Sunday’s 4:30 p.m. Falcons-Bears game at the Georgia Dome.
Other weekend events include the Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s 36th annual awards show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center and the For Sister’s Only festival, all day Saturday at the GWCC.
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