State transportation officials are warning drivers to avoid portions of the “top end” Perimeter this weekend. They say they contractors will need “triple lane closures” to allow resurfacing of some sections of I-285 in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Roadwork also will be under way on several state routes around metro Atlanta throughout the weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a press release on Sept. 27.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and extending until 5 a.m. Monday, crews will close three eastbound lanes on I-285 from Paces Ferry Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road and two or three westbound lanes from Riverside Drive to Paces Ferry Road, DOT said.  Several ramps will be closed at various times during the weekend as the paving operations pass.

“We cannot emphasize enough that there will be extensive delays all weekend across the top end in both directions,” said GDOT District Construction Engineer Lee Upkins. “Motorists have a choice – find alternate routes or be prepared for the delays.”

Other projects knotting traffic this weekend will be bridge work on Ga. 400 northbound and work around the Sidney Marcus Boulevard/Ga. 13 intersection.

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