Atlanta weekend | No rain means plenty of roadwork

With no rain in the forecast, motorists can expect an abundance of roadwork this weekend that transportation officials said will likely jam stretches of metro Atlanta interstates.

Here’s what you’ll need to know to avoid the trouble spots:

I-75 detour in Cobb tops list of roadwork

Southbound traffic on I-75 will be directed off the interstate at the Barrett Parkway exit, then across Barrett Parkway and back onto the entrance ramp to the interstate, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, for Express Lanes construction.

Other weekend-long Express Lanes construction closures on I-75 include one lane in each direction between Chastain and Wade Green roads and one southbound lane between South Marietta Parkway and Delk Road.

On I-575, Express Lanes construction will block one lane in each direction between Barrett Parkway and Chastain Road from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Sunday and one lane in each direction between Ga. 92 and Ga. 140 nightly.

Express Lanes work will also block one westbound lane of I-285 between I-75 and Cobb Parkway, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Elsewhere, work on the South Metro Express Lanes will require various lane closures on I-75 northbound and southbound between Jonesboro Road and Hudson Bridge Road from 9 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Monday.

On I-20, two lanes in each direction will be closed between Hamilton E. Holmes and Martin Luther King Jr. drives all weekend, while east of Atlanta, two eastbound lanes will be closed from Almon Road to Ga. 142 throughout the weekend.

On the west side Perimeter, two southbound lanes of I-285 will be shut down all weekend between South Cobb Drive and Old National Highway.

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Dry weather on tap for weekend

Saturday will be mostly sunny, and while clouds will increase on Sunday, no rain is in Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton’s weekend forecast.

Afternoon highs will be in the mid-70s, with morning lows around 60, Minton said.

» Check the full forecast and track changes

Football, festivals and Taylor Swift to bring big crowds into town Saturday

It’s homecoming weekend in the Atlanta University Center, the consortium of historically black colleges and universities that includes Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

Morehouse and Clark Atlanta play home games at 2 p.m. Saturday against Benedict College and Albany State University, respectively, while Georgia Tech takes on Florida State University at 7 p.m. at Grant Field.

Taylor Swift brings her show to the Georgia Dome Saturday night.

Festivals this weekend include the Atlanta Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday at Piedmont Park and the Country Living Fair through Sunday at Stone Mountain Park.

Other events include The Red Bull Soapbox Race at noon Saturday on North Avenue and the Comedy Get Down show on Saturday night at Philips Arena.

» Full list of weekend events