Road crews who had planned to shut down the I-75 ramps to and from the North Marietta Parkway for six straight weekends have finished the repaving project two weeks early, so the busy Cobb County interchange will remain open this weekend, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
“It is always good when we can get something done early,” DOT district construction engineer Shun Pringle said. “We appreciate the public’s patience through the few difficult traffic weekends we were out there.”
Pringle had more good news for metro Atlanta motorists this weekend: there will be few interstate lane closures during daytime hours, with most work scheduled for overnight.
The main spot to avoid, according to the DOT, is the northbound Buford-Spring Connector, where only one lane will be open at times.
Portions of Peachtree Street through Buckhead and Midtown will be periodically shut down during the wee hours of Saturday morning while crews move a large house 2.6 miles, from 2500 Peachtree Road to 78 Peachtree Circle.
The DOT said the two sections of the Randolph-Lucas House, which weigh about 200,000 pounds each and are 40 feet wide and 75 feet long, will be loaded onto a dolly transport system for the southbound trip down Peachtree that begins at midnight Friday and should be finished by 6 a.m. Saturday.
Sporting events this weekend include the University of Georgia-Appalachian State football game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Athens, the Clark Atlanta-Edward Waters football game at 6 p.m. Saturday on the CAU campus, the Hawks-Magic basketball game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena and the Falcons-Seahawks football game at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
The weekend forecast is for sunny skies and dry weather, with highs in the low 60s Saturday and upper 60s Sunday and lows in the low to mid-40s.
Lows early Friday were in the 30s metro-wide, bottoming out at 31 in Alpharetta, 32 in Dunwoody, 33 in Dallas and 38 in Chamblee, Marietta and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
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