Major delays expected on metro interstates



Traffic was gridlocked for nearly three hours Saturday after a tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 85, and more delays are expected throughout the weekend.

The crash happened sometime before 6:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes near Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County. State transportation officials said the crash involved a maroon car, a tractor-trailer carrying frozen chicken and another car towing a trailer.

One person was injured, and thousands of pounds of frozen chicken spilled on the interstate.

By 10 a.m., traffic was moving again on I-85, but several road projects are expected to bring more delays to metro Atlanta this weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning of “extreme backups” on northern parts of Interstate 285 due to resurfacing and resultant lane closures.

"We had very long delays last weekend, and we expect the same this weekend. We are asking motorists to seek alternate routes and to please bear with us as we try to get this project completed as soon as possible,” GDOT’s Lee Upkins said in a news release.

This weekend on I-285, crews are closing an eastbound ramp near Interstate 75, exit 20’s westbound off-ramp, exit 22’s eastbound on-ramp from New Northside Drive and exit 24’s on and off-ramp near Riverside Drive.

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