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Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

(WXIA) -- Sign work, bridge maintenance and lane closures are all on the Georgia Department of Transportation's weekend agenda.

Work will continue on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. One right southbound lane will be closed between Lindbergh and Monroe drives.

Pacing will occur on Interstate 20 in both directions between Highway 5 and Liberty Road, just west of Atlanta. Drivers can expect brief delays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

One new project this weekend involves I-285 east at I-75 in Cobb County. Two left lanes and the ramp to I-75 north will be closed overnight, and ramp traffic will be detoured to I-75 south, Cumberland Boulevard and then back to I-75 north. GDOT said the ramp will be open during the day.

As usual, drivers can expect single lane closures around the Ga. 400/I-85 Interchange, especially on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. There is movement in the updated list, but the top two spots remain unchanged.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb ate 1 and 2 with Redan up to 3 this week. Parkview and Archer complete the top 5.Wesleyan , Hillgrove, Tucker, North Forsyth, and Buford round out the top 10. 

Columbia slides from 12 to 16 while Salem rises from 19 to 24.

Central Gwinnett check in this week at 24 while Duluth falls out of the Super 25.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports

 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll is here. Look for changes throughout this week's rundown, but the Spartans still lead the way.

 Greater Atlanta Christian and  Allatoona are 1 and 2 again this week, with Wheeler up to 3 followed by North Gwinnett and Tucker. Miller Grove is 6, with Norcross 7, Hillgrove returns at 8, Clarke Central and Berkmar complete the top 10. 

Along with Hillgrove, Fayette County, Sandy Creek, Alexander, and Morgan County are new faces this week.

Columbia, South Atlanta, Jonesboro, St. Pius and Dacula drop out of the poll.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports

GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has created 16 new Twitter accounts for traffic alerts throughout the state.

Each feed is tailored to a specific highway or region, according to GDOT spokeswoman Chata Spikes.

Spikes said only serious accidents will be tweeted, as opposed to every single stall and fender bender on the highways.

The feed for traffic on I-75 north of Atlanta is @GDOT_I75_N_GA.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding north Georgia residents to be mindful of temperature drops and to turn off their sprinkler systems.

GDOT released this statement Wednesday morning:

Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures. They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.

Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night, and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice is formed, creating a hazard for motorists.

The Department urges residents and businesses to take a moment and ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are turned off. With sub-freezing termperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

(WXIA) -- Sometimes a student is forced to change schools mid-year.

If a child is a promising athlete, a working performer or encounters some type of health issue, online school gives him the flexibility he needs to heal, practice and/or travel.

Georgia Connections Academy, a fully accredited K-12 online school, is now accepting applications for mid-year enrollees in grades K-11. The school allows students to learn at their own pace, be it faster or slower than traditional school.

Visit connectionsacademy.com for more information about the school and to sign up a child. Parents can also call the school at 678-825-3258.

Late enrollment ends Thursday, Feb. 27.