Multiple road construction projects are planned on metro Atlanta interstates this weekend – if the weather cooperates.
“As is the norm during hot summer months, afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible,” Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman David Spear said. “Such weather could temporarily halt work or cause it to be postponed completely.”
Long list of planned lane closures: On the top-end Perimeter, two lanes of I-285 in each direction from I-75 to New Northside Drive will be closed, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday.
Also on the top-end Perimeter, the right lane of I-285 eastbound from Riverside Drive to Roswell Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and two or three westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed near I-75 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
In DeKalb County, the left lane of I-285 northbound between I-20 and Glenwood Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
In Newton and Rockdale counties, continuing work on I-20 westbound will take up two right lanes from U.S. 278 to past Almon Road from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
Likewise in Douglas County, two lanes of I-20 westbound will be closed between Ga. 5 and Liberty road during the same hours.
For up-to-the-minute traffic reports all weekend, visit the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
What are the rain chances? Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said the chance of scattered thunderstorms is 20 percent Friday, 30 percent Saturday and 20 percent Sunday. Afternoon temperatures will continue to be hot, topping out around 93 Friday, 90 Saturday and 91 Sunday, Minton said, with morning lows in the low 70s. Check the full weekend weather report and track changes.
Summer officially begins: It's felt like summer all week, but the season officially begins with Saturday's 6:51 a.m. summer solstice.
Summer events for the hot weather: The annual Decatur Beach Party will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Decatur.
Other weekend events include Friday night’s Atlanta Dream-New York Liberty women’s professional basketball game at Philips Arena and Saturday’s Atlanta Summer Beer Fest at The Masquerade on North Avenue.
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