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Weekend roadwork – GDOT taking a break

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Weekend roadwork – GDOT taking a break

Atlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons

Atlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons

The Georgia Department of Transportation is cancelling most of its major roadwork planned for this weekend.

Here is the full statement from GDOT, obtained via the Avondale Estates newsletter.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is scaling back construction project lane closures across Georgia to accommodate expected heavy travel during the Memorial  Day holiday weekend. There will be no active lane closures related to construction on any interstate or major federal or state highway from noon Friday, May 23, through5 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

In addition, the Department expects all lanes of Interstate Highway 85 southbound near Shallowford Road to reopen byFriday after being closed for several days due a ruptured water line.

GDOT urges holiday drivers to be patient; alert; avoid distractions; and not to drive if they have been drinking. Moreover, they should slow down in construction work zones as heavy equipment may remain staged in close proximity to roadways. Motorists also should be aware that lane closures may remain in place on routes that are not heavily travelled or where the nature of the work so necessitates, such as where a drop-off in pavement exists. The Department also cautions that incident and emergency repair related closures may be necessary on any route at any time. For the latest traffic updates, visit 511ga.org. View a list of weekend events here.

In other transportation news for this weekend, MARTA sent along this statement about changes to the Braves shuttle service on Saturday, May 24.

Saturday Change to Braves/MARTA Shuttle Pick-Up Location

Pre-Game Bus Service to Operate at West End Station

Due to parade-related street closures on Saturday, May 24Braves fans taking MARTA shuttles to Turner Field prior to game will board at the West End Station instead of the Five Points Station/Underground. After the start of the seventh inning, the MARTA shuttle will resume its regular service to Five Points Station/Underground for fans departing the game.

On Saturday onlyMARTA shuttles will begin their Braves service at 1:30 p.m., at the West End station and fans will board buses to Turner Field on Lee Street. Rail customers heading to the game are advised to walk toward the front of the West End station before exiting and boarding a MARTA shuttle bus. Frequent announcements will be made on trains to inform fans of this one-day change to the shuttle schedule and MARTA customer service agents will be on hand to provide assistance at key locations.

Saturday’s parade activities will also affect bus routes that operate in the  Downtown Atlanta area.  Throughout the entire day, the Route #186 will be re-routed to Georgia State Station instead of Five Points and the Route #110 will only operate between Arts Center and Lenox stations. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, routes #74 and #32 will only operate from King Memorial Station; both routes will resume their normal operation out of the Five Points Station after 4 p.m.  Routes #1 and #51 will operate from Vine City Station instead of Five Points.