Atlanta weekend | Rain may halt roadwork, dampen outdoor events

Construction is planned this weekend on numerous stretches of metro Atlanta interstates, but there’s a good chance rain could delay some of the planned lane closings, since all of the roadwork is weather-permitting.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid the roadwork and raindrops.

I-285 to be the hot spot this weekend

Three lanes of I-285 northbound and southbound will be closed at Atlanta Road nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of Atlanta Road in each direction will also be closed nightly.

Also on I-285, three lanes in each direction between Memorial Drive and East Ponce de Leon Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for lane striping.

Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed from South Cobb Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, while two northbound lanes will be closed during the same hours between I-85 and Bolton Road.

Two eastbound lanes of I-285 at Flat Shoals Road will be closed all weekend for paving and bridge work.

On I-20, three westbound lanes will be closed throughout the weekend from Lee to Langhorn streets, while two eastbound lanes will be shut down between Langhorn and Windsor streets.

East of Atlanta, two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed from Alcovy Road to U.S. 278 all weekend.

In Cobb County, two southbound and one northbound lane of I-75 will be closed at the I-575 interchange from 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.

South of there, one lane of the ramp from I-75 northbound to I-285 eastbound will be closed all weekend.

On I-575, two northbound lanes and one southbound lane will be shut down at Chastain Road from 9 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday.

Two northbound and one southbound lane of I-85 will be blocked between Riverdale Road and Cleveland Avenue nightly for striping.

On Ga. 400, one southbound lane will be closed from the MARTA North Springs Station to Abernathy Road from 9 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday.

North of there in Forsyth County, Ga. 400 will be reduced to one lane under the Mary Alice Park Road overpass for gas line work. The northbound lanes will be affected from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, with the southbound lanes affected during the same hours Saturday night.

» Updated traffic information throughout the weekend from the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Rain could delay roadwork

Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton is forecasting a 40 percent chance of rain beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday.

Highs will be in the low to mid-80s, with lows in the low 70s, Minton said.

While Tropical Storm Erika is not expected to impact Georgia’s weather over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center’s forecast puts the storm near south Florida by early Monday morning and near the Florida-Georgia state line by early Wednesday.

The storm could bring gusty winds and heavy rain to parts of Georgia by the middle of next week, the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City said early Friday.

» Check the full forecast and track changes

Rain could also impact baseball games

Braves and Yankees fans will be wishing for clear skies over Turner Field as the two teams play Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. At Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Braves take on Norfolk Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.

A few blocks east of Turner Field at Grant Park, the annual Summer Shade Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Other weekend events include a Sunday night concert by Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at Philips Arena and Saturday’s Grown Folks Music Festival at the Mable House Amphitheatre in Mableton.

» Full list of weekend events

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