Metro drivers combat construction nightmare this weekend

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Major delays were reported around the metro area on Saturday and the same tie-ups are expected to slow drivers on Sunday.

Crews have shut down the right lane and the shoulder for pavement work on Interstate 20 eastbound at Columbia Drive in DeKalb County.

Construction also has drivers slowing down on Interstate 285 at Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb. One lane there is already shut down and officials said up to three lanes will close in both directions between Ashford Dunwoody Road and Atlanta Road. Crews have closed lanes to work on bridge joint replacements and guardrail repairs. In south DeKalb County, up to two lanes of I-285 in each direction will be blocked near Glenwood Road for construction.

The weather will continue to cooperate with road crews on the top-end Perimeter, where a couple of northbound lanes will be closed from Atlanta Road to Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County. On the southbound side of I-285, two lanes will be shut down from Cobb Parkway to Paces Ferry Road.

East of there, lane closures are planned on I-285 westbound from Roswell Road to Riverside Drive. The ramp from I-285 westbound to Riverside Drive will also be closed this weekend.

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said clouds will increase into Sunday with cool temperatures and morning lows in the 40s. Winds are expected to pick up out of the southeast.

“It’ll be breezy, but that also blows in some more warmth,” Nitz said. “So we’re looking at temperatures in the upper 60s [Sunday] and a few spots get close to 70 degrees.”

The rain returns Monday with an 80 percent chance, Nitz said. “On Monday, showers and a few thundershowers move in,” he said. Temperatures will remain in the mid 60s.

“After the front that brings Monday’s rain, we dry out Tuesday and Wednesday, and [temperatures] turn a little cooler.

 

 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution contributed to this report.