Road work means multiple lane closures this chilly weekend

A dry forecast translates into loads of construction on metro interstates this weekend, particularly on I-285 and I-20.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid the backups.

Roadwork planned for several stretches of the Perimeter: Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed all weekend between I-20 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on the west side.

North of there, two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed near South Cobb Drive between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed all weekend near South Cobb Drive and between Atlanta Road and Paces Ferry Road.

In DeKalb County, two southbound lanes of I-285 between Northlake Parkway and Lawrenceville Highway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Work planned on I-20 too: Just west of downtown, two westbound lanes of I-20 near Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard will be closed all weekend, while in Rockdale and Newton counties, two eastbound lanes will be closed approaching Salem Road all weekend.

For updated traffic reports all weekend, visit the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

No rain to interrupt road work: Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton is predicting a dry and cool weekend, with highs in the mid-60s Saturday and near 70 Sunday and morning lows in the low 50s Friday and low to mid-40s Saturday. Full weekend forecast.

Football takes over the spotlight: After two weekends with an abundance of major music events, several football games highlight this weekend's events.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Morehouse College plays Clark-Atlanta University at Panther Stadium, while at 4 p.m., the University of Georgia plays Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Later Saturday, Georgia Tech plays Miami at 7:30 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Georgia Dome plays host to the Atlanta Football Classic game between South Carolina State and North Carolina A&T Saturday afternoon. The festivities get underway at 11 a.m. with the “Elite 8 Battle of the Bands,” featuring eight metro Atlanta high school marching bands. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Other events Saturday include the Parade of Excellence in downtown Atlanta spotlighting the 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s Project Success. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be shown live on WSB-TV.

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