Rain could shut down weekend roadwork


Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

Road crews are planning a full slate of interstate construction this weekend, particularly on the Perimeter. But as always, those plans are weather-permitting, and there’s a good chance that the planned work will be rained out.

In case it’s not, here’s what you need to know about the planned closures:

Several projects slated for the Perimeter: Concrete slab replacement on the west side will shut down two southbound lanes of I-285 between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday.

On the top-end Perimeter, two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane between Roswell Road and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed all weekend for sign structure installation.

On the east side, sign work will also shut down two northbound lanes of I-285 between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway.

Finally, on the south side, bridge work will shut down various lanes at the I-285 interchanges with I-85 throughout the weekend.

Non-Perimeter projects: Workers in Rockdale and Newton counties will close two westbound lanes of I-20 between Almon and Salem roads all weekend. The westbound exit and entrance ramps at Salem Road will also be closed.

On Ga. 400, two northbound lanes will be closed in the vicinity of the former toll booths from 11 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday. For updated reports all weekend, visit the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Iffy weather forecast: While the weekend probably won't be a total washout, there is a good chance of rain, particularly through Saturday.

Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said the chance of rain is 60 percent Friday, 50 percent Saturday and 30 percent Sunday.

Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s Friday, mid-80s Saturday and low 80s Sunday, with morning lows in the low 70s Saturday and upper 60s Sunday. Check the full weekend forecast and track changes.

Bring rain gear for outdoor events: Outdoor events scheduled for this weekend include Saturday's Georgia Tech-Georgia Southern football game at Grant Field, the Clark Atlanta-Lane College game on the CAU campus, the Tour Championship being played through Sunday at East Lake Golf Club and the Atlanta Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday at Piedmont Park.

The rainy forecast won’t be an issue for Saturday’s Georgia State-Air Force football game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome.