Connector Contractor Working Around Braves Traffic
lane closures planned for I-20, I-285 top end, sr 13 and downtown connector this weekend
ATLANTA -Motorists beware! Georgia DOT is urging motorists to plan ahead this weekend before they venture on to I-20 on the east side, I-285 on the top end, and the Buford-Spring Connector (SR 13) and I-75/I-85 downtown. Lanes will be closed in all of those locations at various times this weekend, weather permitting. However, the contractors working on the downtown connector will open the lanes to allow a smoother entrance and exit from the Turner Field area for the Braves series with the Cincinnati Reds.
“We know the Braves are in town and we want to accommodate the fans as much as possible but we also need to get some work done on the Downtown Connector,” said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. “So, the contractor has agreed to open all lanes about three hours before each game and not close them again until about three hour after each game ends. That should help alleviate some of the congestion,” he added.
The Downtown Connector work Pringle is referring to is a bridge painting project that will require up to three right northbound lanes closed from MLK, Jr. Boulevard to Fulton Street except during the Braves traffic.
On the Buford-Spring (SR 13) Connector, one left lane will be closed in both directions all weekend between Armour Drive and Lindbergh Drive for bridge joint work. Heavy delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
Across the I-285 top end, up to three right westbound lanes will be closed all weekend for bridge work between Roswell Road and State Route 400 and various rolling lane closures will be occurring in both directions in several locations on I-285 on the north and west sides of Atlanta for striping.
Additionally, two right eastbound lanes will be closed all weekend on I-20 from Wesley Chapel Road to Panola Road for bridge joint work.
Motorists should also be aware that there will be times during the bridge work closures on I-285, SR 13 Connector, and on I-20 where it appears no work is being performed. After concrete is poured for the bridge work, it must be allowed to dry (or cure) for approximately 24 hours to ensure proper strength before opening the lanes to traffic. The Department often gets complaints from motorists saying there were lane closures in place and no one was working.
Here is a full list of this weekend’
1. Cobb, 7/12/13 to 7/22/13, 9pm till 5am
I-285 EB, from MP 18 (Paces Ferry Road) to MP 19 (Ashford Dunwoody Rd), 1 or 2 lanes closed for striping using rolling closures beginning on the inside lane next to the barrier and working to the outside shoulder.
2. Fulton, 10/5/12 to 12/31/13, 4:30am till 3pm, continuous
GA 400 NB, from MP 0.5 (I-85) to MP 1 (Sidney Marcus Blvd), one right lane closed to construct bridge bents for new bridge.
3. Fulton, 5/4/12 to 12/31/13, 9am till 3pm, daily
SR 13 NB/SB, from MP 2 (I-85) to MP 3 (Lenox Road), one outside lane closed with flagging operations to support construction activities if needed to move equipment.
4. Fulton, 1/7/13 to 6/30/13, 9am till 5pm, daily
Deering Road EB, about MP 0 (Peachtree Street), DEERING ROAD CLOSED for construction on the Amtrak Station.
5. Fulton, 1/22/13 to 7/22/13, 7pm till 5am, continuous
I-85 NB/SB, form MP 0 to MP 0.25 (Lindbergh Drive), HOV Ramp closed on to construct bridge bent #11.
6. Fulton, 1/12/13 to 12/31/13, 7pm till 5:30pm, weekly
Sidney Marcus Blvd EB/WB, from MP .5 to MP 1 (Sidney Marcus Blvd), road closed on Saturdays only for construction activities.
7. Fulton, 1/12/13 to 12/28/13, 7am till 5:30 pm, weekly
Cheshire Bridge Road EB/WB, from MP 0 to MP 0.25 (Sheridan Road), Road Closed on Saturdays only for construction activities.
8. Fulton, 1/12/13 to 12/28/13, 7am till 3:30pm, weekly
SR 13 NB, from MP 0 to MP 0.25 (Lenox Road), road closed on Saturdays only for construction activities if needed.
9. Fulton, 2/14/13 to 7/22/13, 9am till 3:30pm
SR 236 WB, from MP 1 (Armand Drive) to MP 1.5 (Adina Drive), one lane flagging operation for equipment entering and exiting the roadway.
10. Fulton, 4/23/13 to 7/31/13, 9:30am till 3pm
GA 400 SB, from MP 1 (Sidney Marcus Blvd) to MP 0 (Lindbergh Drive), one left lane closed for overhead signage work.
11. Fulton, 4/25/13 to 7/31/13, 9:30am till 3pm, daily
SR 400 NB, from MP 0 (Lindbergh Dr) to MP 1 (Sidney Marcus Blvd), either right or left lane closed for construction activities.
12. Fulton, 6/8/13 to 9/7/13, 3pm till midnight,
SR 13 NB, from MP 2.5 (Lindbergh Drive) to MP 3 (Cheshire Bridge Dr), one right lane closed for (90 days) construction activities.
13. Fulton, 6/14/13 to 12/31/13, noon to midnight,
GA 400 SB, about MP .5 (Sidney Marcus Blvd/I-85), one right shoulder closed for new bridge construction.
14. Fulton, 6/24/13 to 7/13/13, 9pm till 5am,
I-285 SB, about MP 13 (Bolton Rd), two right lanes closed for concrete slab repair.
15. Fulton, 6/25/13 to 7/12/13, 9am till 3pm,
GA 400 Off Ramp, about MP 0 (GA 400 to Sidney Marcus), one left ramp lane closed for wall construction.
16. Fulton, 7/12/13 to 7/15/13, 9pm till 5am
I-285 WB, from MP 27 (GA 400) to MP 25.5 (Roswell Rd), three right lanes closed for bridge joint work.
17. Fulton, 7/8/13 to 7/29/13, 9pm till 5am, continuous
I-75/I-85 NB, about MP 248 (MLK Jr Dr), either three right or three left lanes closed for bridge painting operations.
18. DeKalb, 6/27/13 to 7/31/13, 7am to 7pm
I-20 EB, from MP 69 (Wesley Chapel Road) to MP 71 (Panola Road), two right lanes closed for bridge joint construction.
19. Fulton, 6/30/13 to 7/14/13, 9pm till 5am,
I-285 SB, about MP 45 (ramp from I-285 SB to I-20 WB), one right ramp lane closed for grading operations for gravity wall.
20. DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, 7/12/13 to 7/22/13, 9pm till 5am,
I-285 WB, from MP 29 (Ashford Dunwoody Rd) to MP 18 (Paces Ferry Rd), one lane closed at any given time with a rolling closure for striping operations beginning on the inside lane next to the barrier and working to the outside shoulder.
21. Fulton, 7/12/2013 to 7/15/2013, 9PM til 5AM
SR 13 Buford Hwy Connector SB, one inside (left) lane closure at Clear Creek Bridge between Lindbergh Drive and Armor Drive to perform bridge joint repairs.
22. Fulton, 7/12/2013 to 7/15, 9PM til 5AM
SR 13 Buford Hwy Connector NB, one inside (left) lane closure between Armor Drive and Lindbergh Drive to perform bridge joint repairs.
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