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    The arrival of the first official weekend of Summer 2020 and Father’s Day is likely to give Metro Atlanta’s roadways a test of heavy proportions. The past weeks of relaxed of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have slowly allowed residents to return to parks and local businesses, and the next phase of eased restrictions should bring even more traffic to some of the area’s recreational hot spots. State officials still ask residents to practice social distancing where necessary and to remain cautious with weekend travel plans but watch for more patrons and commuters to celebrate “dads” with trips throughout Georgia! Continued road work is slated to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs on Georgia/400 at the I-285/400 Corridor project between Glenridge Connector (Exit 3) and Abernathy Road (Exit 5). It will also affect multiple lanes of I-285 between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29) during overnight hours. Also expect lanes blocked on I-285 in Clayton County between Riverdale Road (Exit 60) and Old National Highway (Exit 62) by paving work. Projects in Cobb County along I-285’s west side perimeter around Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18), and on I-75 by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) may create slight delays.  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.  ---  ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound past Peachtree Dunwoody Road (Exit 28) in two right lanes to Glenridge Drive (Exit 26) during overnight hours; Georgia/400 Northbound and Southbound in two lanes between Glenridge Connector (Exit 3) and Abernathy Rd. (Exit 5) to be blocked during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-85/North and South between GA-400 (Exit 87) and Buford Spring Connector (SR-13, Exit 86) in multiple during overnight hours.  Rd. (Exit 13) to S. Atlanta Rd. (Exit 16, Cobb Co.) in two left lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-285/Northbound between Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) and Cobb Parkway (Exit 19) in two left lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-75/Northbound at Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block one right lane during overnight hours.  Clayton Co: I-75/North and South between Jonesboro Rd. (SR-54, Exit 233) and Tara Blvd. (Hwy 41, Exit 236) in two right lanes for each direction, during overnight hours.  Fulton Co. (East Point): I-285/Westbound from Riverdale Road (Exit 60) to Roosevelt Hwy./ Old National Hwy. (Exit 62) in multiple right lanes during evening hours.  Fulton Co. (East Point) I-285/Eastbound between I-85 (Exit 61) and airport tunnel past Riverdale Rd. (Exit 60) in one alternating lane during overnight hours.
  • A multivehicle crash set a box truck ablaze Wednesday morning, injured five people and blocked I-75 South in Henry County for hours. According to Henry County police, three vehicles were involved in the wreck and two caught fire. Three of the five people injured were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with moderate to critical injuries, police spokesman Capt. Randy Lee told AJC.com. Two others were taken to Piedmont Henry Hospital with moderate injuries, he said. All southbound lanes were shut down before 7 a.m. after the “massive fire” sent large flames and heavy black smoke over the interstate, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.  Read more at AJC.com.
  • Between the past days of local protests and the relaxing of some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, more traffic is expected to affect the weekend commute through Metro Atlanta. The increased opening of restaurants and area parks might create some local street and highway delays, but public gatherings are still somewhat restricted-despite recent protests in Downtown Atlanta -- as we approach the first weekend of June. Note that the City of Atlanta shall continue enforcing nightly curfews during the weekend, beginning at 8:00 p.m. State officials still ask residents to practice social distancing and to remain cautious with weekend travel plans. Expressway road work continues to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs for I-285 this weekend at the Georgia/400 Corridor project between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29). Also, expect lanes blocked on I-75 in Cobb County by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) and in Clayton County between Jonesboro Rd. (SR-54) and Tara Blvd. (Hwy. 41) during overnights. Projects along I-285’s west side perimeter around Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and south of Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) may create delays. More work on I-85/South in Atlanta will block lanes past Georgia-400 (Exit 87) as well as along Spring St. by 18th Street in Atlanta.  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.  ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound past Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29) in two right lanes to Glenridge Drive (Exit 26) during overnight hours; Georgia/400 Northbound and Southbound in two left lanes between exit ramp to I-285/Westbound (Exit 4B) and Abernathy Rd. (Exit 5) to be blocked during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-85/Southbound past GA-400 (Exit 87) to Buford Spring Connector (SR-13, Exit 86) in three lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-285/Southbound exit ramp to I-20/East (Exit 10) to have one right lane blocked overnight Sunday, 5/17 to Monday morning, 5/18. Road work on I-285/Northbound from Bolton Rd. (Exit 13) to S. Atlanta Rd. (Exit 16, Cobb Co.) in two left lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-285/Northbound and Southbound between Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) and South Cobb Drive (Exit 15) in two right lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-75/Northbound at Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block one right lane during overnight hours.  Clayton Co: I-75/North and South between Jonesboro Rd. (SR-54, Exit 233) and Tara Blvd. (Hwy 41, Exit 236) in two right lanes for each direction, during overnight hours.  Fulton Co. (East Point): I-285/Southbound from Washington Road (Exit 1) to Roosevelt Hwy./ Old National Hwy. (Exit 62) in two right lanes between Saturday, 6/7 at 6:00 PM, and 6:00 AM, Sunday, 6/8.  Fulton Co. (East Point) I-285/Eastbound between I-85 (Exit 61) and airport tunnel past Riverdale Rd. (Exit 60) in one alternating lane during overnight hours.
  • While the COVID-19 pandemic is still a factor for daily work and activities, it’s now creating unusual surroundings for the first time, regarding major holiday celebrations. Continued loosening of restrictions-such as increased restaurant attendance and open park and beach access-may still create some heavy traffic for Memorial Day through Metro Atlanta, particularly heading southbound past I-285 in Atlanta.Public gatherings, however, remain on restriction as state officials continue to advise everyone to practice social distancing. The Georgia DOT has chosen to suspend all construction for state expressways during the holiday, but does advise commuters to continue driving cautiously around I-285 and Georgia/400 in Sandy Springs, as well as around other work zones normally active during weekend hours. A visit to Atlanta planned for Vice President Mike Pence for Friday (5/22) may further complicate travel in the area, so plan accordingly. >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.
  • WSB Triple Team Traffic’s Doug Turnbull and Smilin’ Mark McKay reconvene virtually to discuss the times of days where the pandemic traffic slowdown is starting to subside. They also discuss what the future on the roads could be, the art of cruise control, the Atlanta Police Department's conflicted stance on drag racing, and a proposed pedestrian safe zone.
  • Many Georgia residents are starting to venture out and about, while the COVID-19 pandemic remains a major factor with daily work and activities. A loosening of some restrictions (such as increased restaurant access and more park openings statewide) could create an increase in traffic volume on Metro Atlanta expressways and state routes. Georgia officials continue to advise everyone to avoid travel deemed non-essential, and to limit any travel where larger events could exist. Expressway road repairs continue to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs for I-285 at the Georgia/400 Corridor project between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30). Also expect lane restrictions in Cobb County by Barrett Parkway and on I-75 by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) for overnight road work. Projects along I-285’s west side perimeter between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) may create delays. More work on I-85 in Atlanta will block lanes southbound between Georgia-400 and the Buford Spring Connector (Exit 86, SR-13), while Peachtree Road will have multiple lanes blocked by Brookwood Place and Palisades Road all weekend. *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change. >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts. --- ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES: Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound past Peachtree Dunwoody Road (Exit 28) in two right lanes to Glenridge Drive (Exit 26) during overnight hours; Georgia/400 Northbound exit ramp to I-285/Westbound (Exit 4B) to be blocked, at times, during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-85/Southbound past GA-400 (Exit 87) to Buford Spring Connector (SR-13, Exit 86) in three lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-285/Southbound exit ramp to I-20/East (Exit 10) to have one right lane blocked overnight Sunday, 5/17 to Monday morning, 5/18. Road work on I-285/Northbound from Bolton Rd. (Exit 13) to S. Atlanta Rd. (Exit 16, Cobb Co.) in two left lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-285/Northbound and Southbound between Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) and South Cobb Drive (Exit 15) in two right lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-75/Northbound and Southbound by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block one travel lane during overnight hours; I-75/sb past Wade Green Road (Exit 273) in right lane and shoulder Friday night, 5/15, until Saturday morning, 5/16.  Fulton Co. (College Park): I-285/Eastbound from I-85 ramps (Exit 61) to Riverdale Road (Exit 60) in 2-3 right lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: Peachtree Road between Palisades Road NE and Brookwood Place. Two northbound lanes, one southbound lane and one turn lane will be closed, with remaining southbound lanes split for northbound and southbound use from Friday 5/15, 4:00 a.m. through Monday, 5/18, 5:00 a.m.
  • Georgia’s Public Health concerns remain from the COVID-19 pandemic, with some growth for the state’s commuter levels projected for this weekend. Many residents are beginning to travel out of their homes with some restrictions on social interaction still in place, and may try venturing to parks, some select restaurants and other ideal locations open for “Mother’s Day” celebrations on Sunday. While the chances for increased traffic volume are growing, state officials continue to advise everyone to avoid travel that is deemed non-essential. Stay safe and healthy! Expressway road repairs continue to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs this weekend for I-285 at the Georgia/400 Corridor project between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30). Also, expect lanes blocked on I-75 in Cobb County by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) during weekend overnight hours. Projects along I-285’s west side perimeter between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) may create delays. More work on I-85 in Atlanta will block lanes southbound between Georgia-400 and the Buford Spring Connector (Exit 86, SR-13).  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.  ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  Sandy Springs: Georgia/400 North AND South, left lanes blocked between I-285 and Abernathy Road (Exit 5) during overnight hours.  Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound from Georgia/400 (Exit 27) to Roswell Road (Exit 25) in right lane during overnight hours; I-285/Westbound from Riverside Drive (Exit 24) to I-75 (Exit 20) in right lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-85/Northbound before Georgia/400 (Exit 87) and I-85/Southbound at Buford Spring Connector (SR-13, Exit 86) in three lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-285/Southbound between Langford Parkway (Hwy. 166, Exit 5) and Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) in right lanes during overnight hours; I-285/Northbound between Cascade Road (Exit 7) to I-20 (Exit 10) in two right lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-285/Northbound and Southbound between Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) and South Cobb Drive (Exit 15) in two right lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-75/Northbound and Southbound by Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block one travel lane during overnight hours.  Clayton Co.: I-75 Exits (North and South) onto I-285/West (Exit 238 A-B), one lane will be blocked during weekend overnight hours.
  • While business closure restrictions for the COVID-19 virus fight are eased in Georgia, there may be concerns about increased weekend traffic along state routes and busier side streets. If you do not need to be out at work, or do not have essential business to address, please be mindful of your travel plans and alert to the conditions that surround you. Should you head out for local travel, be sure to watch for weekend work crews still expanding and improving the area’s highways and side streets. We continue to wish for everyone’s safety and health! Weekend road repairs will continue to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs for I-285 at the Georgia/400 Corridor project between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30). Also, expect multiple lanes blocked on I-285 from Sandy Springs at Northside Drive (Exit 22) to I-75 (Exit 20) in Cobb County during overnight hours, while work on I-75 in Cobb County may block lanes between Wade Green Road (Exit 273) and Barrett Parkway (Exit 269). Projects along I-285’s west side perimeter between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18) may create delays, while work in Clayton County will continue to affect the I-285 exit by Riverdale Road (Exit 60) and the I-75 exit ramps to I-285 (Exit 238).  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.  ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  Sandy Springs: Georgia/400 North ramp to I-285 East (Exit 4A) and Georgia/400 South ramp to I-285 West (Exit 4B) will be blocked, at times, during overnight hours. Georgia/400 North AND South, multiple lanes blocked between Northridge Rd. (Exit 6) to Glenridge Connector (Exit 3) during overnight hours.  Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound from Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30), past Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. (Exit 28) in right lane during overnight hours; I-285/Westbound from Riverside Drive (Exit 24) to I-75 (Exit 20) in 3 right lanes during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-85/Northbound before Georgia/400 (Exit 87) in one right lane during overnight hours.  Atlanta: I-285/Northbound and Southbound between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Langford Parkway (Hwy. 166, Exit 5), in right lanes during overnight hours.  Cobb Co.: I-75/Northbound AND Southbound at Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block one travel lane during overnight hours.; I-75/sb past Wade Green Road (Exit 273) to Chastain Rd. (Exit 271) to block one travel lane during overnight hours.  Clayton Co.: I-75 Exits (North and South) onto I-285/West (Exit 238 A-B), one lane will be blocked during weekend overnight hours; Work to block I-285/Westbound ramp to Riverdale Road (Exit 60) and restrict travel lanes by the exit ramp, and right lanes on I-285/Eastbound between Old National Hwy. (Exit 62) and Riverdale Road during overnight hours.  DeKalb Co.: I-675/Northbound past Anvil Block Road (Exit 7) to I-285 (Exit 9) blocks two right lanes during evening hours.
  • WSB Traffic Trooper and longtime trucker Herschel Evans joins WSB Triple Team Traffic’s Doug Turnbull and Smilin’ Mark McKay to talk about how volatile the economy of the trucking industry has been since March. Evans also discusses his charitable efforts behind the wheel of a truck and a forklift and the difficulties of restaurant closures on weary drivers. And the round table shares their observations on the changes in commuting habits and the dangers in the roads in recent weeks. >>LISTEN TO THE EPISODE IN ITS ENTIRETY BELOW.
  • While Georgia’s “Shelter-In-Place” efforts against the COVID-19 virus limit travel in the Atlanta area, the springtime weather is helping to improve the conditions for road work projects this weekend. If you are essential to the local workforce, please be mindful of travel conditions along the expressways, and watch for weekend work crews still expanding and improving the area’s highways and side streets. We want all Georgians to stay safe at home and along the roads! Road repairs are slated to restrict lanes in Sandy Springs for I-285 at the Georgia/400 Corridor project between Roswell Road (Exit 25) and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30). Exit ramps along 400 and I-285 may be blocked at fluctuating times. Also expect multiple lanes to be blocked on I-285 from Sandy Springs at New Northside Drive (Exit 22) to Cobb Parkway (Hwy. 41, Exit 19) in Cobb County during overnight hours. Work along I-285’s west side perimeter between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Highway 166/Campbellton Rd. (Exit 5) in both directions may create delays north of the airport exits while work in Clayton County will affect the I-75 exit ramps for I-285/West (Exit 238).  *All construction is as GDOT reports it and is weather-permitting. All times, lanes blocked, and locations could change.  >>Listen to 95.5 WSB for live traffic updates all weekend and download the TRIPLE TEAM TRAFFIC ALERTS Mobile App for automated audio alerts.  ---  ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONES:  • Sandy Springs: Georgia/400 North ramp to I-285 East (Exit 4A) and Georgia/400 South ramp to I-285 West (Exit 4B) will be blocked, at times, during overnight hours. Georgia/400 North AND South, multiple right lanes blocked between Northridge Rd. (Exit 6) to Glenridge Connector (Exit 3) during overnight hours.  • Sandy Springs: I-285/Westbound from Chamblee-Dunwoody Road (Exit 30), past Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. (Exit 28) in right lane Saturday (4/18/20) during daytime hours; I-285/Westbound from Riverside Drive (Exit 24) to Cobb Parkway, (Highway 41, Exit 19) in right lanes during overnight hours; I-285/West exit ramp to Georgia/400 North (Exit 27) to be blocked at times during overnight hours on Sunday (4/19/20). Georgia/400 North, up to three lanes past I-285 to Abernathy Rd. (Exit 5) exit ramp and the Abernathy Rd./Eastbound exit (5A) to be blocked during overnight hours Friday (4/17/20).  • Atlanta: I-85/Northbound before Georgia/400 (Exit 87) in one right lane during overnight hours.  • Atlanta: I-285/Northbound and Southbound between Camp Creek Parkway (Exit 2) and Campbellton Rd. (Hwy. 166, Exit 5), in right lanes during overnight hours.  • Cobb Co.: I-75/Southbound at Barrett Parkway (Exit 269) to block right lanes during overnight hours.  • Clayton Co.: I-75 Exits (North and South) onto I-285/West (Exit 238 A-B), one lane will be blocked during weekend overnight hours.