Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Paving will close part of Abernathy Road at Ga. 400 on Saturday

Those looking to drive around the central part of Sandy Springs on Saturday might want to have a back-up route.

The city said Wednesday that crews will close three lanes on Abernathy Road near Ga. 400 to pave the road.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation will shut down two eastbound lanes and a westbound lane from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those heading east on Abernathy should turn right onto the Ga. 400 southbound entrance ramp; motorists won’t be able to head east under Ga. 400. Then turn right on Mercedes-Benz Drive/Barfield Road, turn left on Mount Vernon Highway to Abernathy Road/Perimeter Center Parkway or Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

There will be more closures in the area after crews have paved Abernathy, the city said.

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AJC reporter David Wickert asked readers how they would solve Atlanta's traffic mess if given a magic wand. Most who responded said mass transit needs to be expanded, not just to outlying counties but also throughout the state. One reader was quite blunt with her solution: "Get your butt on a bus." More than a few people would create tunnels so drivers who don't need to stop in Atlanta can avoid the area. One reader would better enforce the HOT lanes. Two words: "Ziplines everywhere!"

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