State transportation officials are warning drivers to expect delays this weekend around the I-85/Ga. 400 intersection and other metro highways because of planned construction.

“I-85 around Ga. 400 would be the place to avoid,” Georgia Department of Transportation Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a press release distributed July 26 by the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. “A close second and third are I-285 west around Ga. 400 and I-20 east at Wesley Chapel.”

On I-85, up to three lanes in each direction will be closed all weekend for the continuing work on the I-85/ Ga. 400 interchange project.

But there will be other bottlenecks, too. On I-285, up to three left westbound lanes will be closed for bridge work between Roswell Road and Ga. 400 and various closures will be occurring in both directions all the way around the Perimeter for drain cleaning.

Another projected backup: the Downtown Connector northbound at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where lanes are scheduled to close during overnight hours and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

Additionally, two right eastbound lanes will be closed all weekend on I-20 from Wesley Chapel Road to Panola Road for bridge joint work.

All work is scheduled “weather permitting.” GDOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about these or other projects on interstates and state routes.

— Joe Earle

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.