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Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

(WXIA) -- Weekends usually mean lots and lots of interstate traffic in metro Atlanta.

But this weekend, the weather will be gorgeous and much of the roadwork will move off the highways.

"We didn't really plan to avoid work on the interstates this weekend. It just turned out that the contractors didn't schedule any," said Georgia Department of Transportation Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. "We will likely be back out there next weekend though."

A few interstate projects are still in the works. On I-285, maintenance crews will close two rights lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly to replace concrete slabs. Those closures will happen southbound from Cascade Road to Langford Parkway and northbound from Hollowell Parkway to South Cobb Drive.

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

ATLANTA -- Just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation has begun producing a series of educational videos aimed to promote safe driving and cut down on the number of fatalities on state highways.

The initiative is part of the Federal Highway Administration's Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

Georgia drivers are already making progress in decreasing the number of traffic-related deaths. Last year, 549 fewer people died on state roads than in 2005.

"We are gratified by the continuing progress being made in reducing fatal accidents on Georgia highways, especially so as we approach another travel-heavy holiday weekend," GDOT commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "One death is too many, however. This educational video outreach is part of our overall effort."

The video series, called DriveSmart, encourages motorists to cut out all distractions while behind the wheel.

Where is your bus? Find out with GoCCT.

Where is your bus? Find out with GoCCT.

COBB COUNTY -- Cobb County Transit is now offering a way for commuters to track their buses in real time.

The transit system has introduced GoCCT, which gives riders the ability to access departure times of buses and search by bus stop. By using GoCCT, riders can better predict when their bus will arrive. Plus there are a number of ways to determine departures, including Web browsers, text messages, simple text formats, email and SMS. 

With the new tool, Cobb County Transit hopes commuters can better organize their time by customizing GoCCT to meet their needs. 

GoCCT features compatibility with browsers, operating systems and devices, real-time predictions, personalized alerts, compatibility with mobile HTML smartphones and a Google Maps service interface. 

All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

(WXIA) -- Summer 2013, as reported by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, makes ten years in a row that police are bumping up the number of patrols throughout Georgia - to crack down on dangerous driving. 

Katie Fallon, spokeswoman for the GOHS said the boost in patrol is part of the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. It is a strategy in which all jurisdictions of highway safety enforcement work to reduce aggressive, high-speed travel and driving under the influence. During the summer months, accidents happen from these two bad driving habits. 

"Temperatures won't be the only thing making the heat rise this summer," Director Harris Blackwood said. "From drunk drivers to aggressive speeders, all unsafe motorists will be feeling the H.E.A.T."

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

(WXIA) -- A team of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations are holding a stand-down at various construction sites around Georgia. 

As part of Highway Work Zone Awareness Week which runs April 15 - 19, construction workers will stop work along highways for one hour from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. During that hour, work zone safety training will be held for the stand-down. 

The training, according to the U.S Dept. of Labor, will help prevent certain dangers like texting and driving, as well as worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. 

As reported by an official, around 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment like trucks and trains. 

GDOT seeks public's opinion on proposed interchange

GDOT seeks public's opinion on proposed interchange

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation invites the public to a meeting where opinions will be heard on a new traffic interchange.

The meeting will be an informal Public Informaton Open House, set for March 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 that evening at the Wellstar Acworth Health Park of 4550 Cobb Parkway. 

GDOT wants to hear different perspectives on a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Third Army Road in Cobb, Paulding and Bartow counties. 

Under the current proposal, an improved roadway facility will be constructed from Dabbs Bridge Road in Paulding County though Cobb and Bartow Counties to a new interchange with Interstate 75. A spokesman for GDOT said the new roadway facility is proposed to be grade-separated at US 41/Cobb Parkway with interchange-type ramps provided to and from US 41.

For more information, call (770) 359-9523 or (404) 326-6672.

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation closed their Emergency Operations Center early on Friday afternoon.

The center closed at 2:00 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for GDOT. GDOT decided to close early based on information from the National Weather Service, as it predicted that metro Atlanta will not be affected by severe weather conditions on Friday. 

As reported, the Northeast Georgia District (D1) operations center will remain open until further notice. The spokesperson sad GDOT will have limited crews ready to respond as needed on the roadways. 

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.georgia-navigator.com before making trips.