Last weekend, state transportation officials warned drivers to avoid the top-end Perimeter because of the scheduled construction. This week? More of the same.

The Georgia Department of Transportation put out a press release warning of “extreme backups” on I-285 this weekend because three lanes in both directions will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, weather permitting. Work is scheduled to continue through 5 a.m. Monday, DOT said.

“We had very long delays last weekend and we expect the same this weekend,” said GDOT District Construction Engineer Lee Upkins. “We are asking motorists to seek alternate routes and to please bear with us as we try to get this project completed as soon as possible. Working in several lanes each weekend will help us to accomplish that.”

During the weekend, crews will close the three eastbound and westbound lanes in several sections between Paces Ferry Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road, DOT said.  Several ramps will be closed at various times during the weekend as the paving operations pass, DOT said.

Other projects affecting traffic this weekend, according to DOT: bridge work on Ga. 400 northbound and work around the Sidney Marcus Boulevard/Ga. 13 intersection.

Joe Earle

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