Buckhead road reopens after 8 months


Back in January, the Georgia Department of Transportation shut down the intersection where Deering hits Peachtree Street because the Amtrak parking lot is sinking.

ATLANTA - The barrels that have blocked a busy cut through in Buckhead are coming down after eight months.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to reopen Deering Road at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The road is well traveled as a cut-through from Northside Drive to Peachtree Road. It also runs along the side of the Amtrak station.

The DOT closed the road to replace a sinking parking lot at the Amtrak station and an adjacent bridge needed to be replaced.

“Our plan is to move those walls and get traffic moving back on Deering. I know folks have been anxious about that. It's a very busy area. We are excited to get it open,” DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

Commuters feel that the road closing has actually made traffic worse on Interstate 75.

Construction crews originally set a June 30 date to reopen Deering Road; however crews pouring concrete discovered a huge void in early June.

The empty space forced a redesign and pushed the construction back six weeks.

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