GDOT: More lane shutdowns on I-285 to increase traffic delays for months

ATLANTA — A traffic problem on Interstate 285 could get worse for drivers in north Fulton.

The Georgia Department of Transportation closed two westbound lanes on I-285 between Roswell Road and Ashford Dunwoody Road Saturday night.

It’s part of the next phase of the Interstate 285/Georgia State Route 400 interchange project and lane closures that Triple Team Traffic has been warning about all month.

“It’s just going to make it worse,” driver Autumn O’Berry said.

The impact the changes are having on local businesses, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 3 p.m.

O’Berry is referring the changes that took place this weekend. The eastbound lanes were reduced to three lanes just two weeks ago. Now, the westbound lanes have been reduced.

GDOT told Channel 2 the temporary lane shutdowns are needed to demolish and rebuild some of the bridges in the area.

“It is a pain now but you are getting a lifetime of utility out of these bridges once they are built,” spokeswoman Natalie Dale said.


The recent closures are expected to impact some 240,000 drivers who travel the highway each day.

GDOT told Channel 2 Action News the delays could impact drivers for least the next eight months, and maybe even longer.

“I think a bit chaotic. I feel like it’s been happening for a while,” O’Berry said. “Especially when you’re trying to get to work in the morning during rush hour and trying to get home. Atlanta traffic is already bad in general, which (is) kind of (bad).”

GDOT is recommending drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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