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i-75 Atlanta News Blog - Mar 08 ...
Downtown connector repaving delayed until next weekend due to rain ...
For about an hour, one block of Washington
Street in front of the state capitol closes for a demonstration. The
result was a Friday fiasco that was relatively brief. Coming soon,
more downtown horn blowing, courtesy of road closures and a weekend
packed with events... cont...
Weekend interstate work will cause jams in Atlanta ...
Get ready for some weekend traffic jams on the
so-called Downtown Connector, where Interstates 75 and 85 converge and
lead into Atlanta. The eight-month project starts Friday and will
continue on the weekends. The contractor, E.R. Snell, has drafted a
plan for almost no work on traffic lanes from Monday to Friday so
weekday commuters should not be affected. The state wants to get the
work done by November 30th. That means weekend travelers will deal
with traffic delays... cont...
Repaving to Begin on I 75/85 ...
It's called the downtown connector, and this
summer it will connect one major road project with another. The
Georgia Department of Transportation will begin repaving Interstate
75/85 this Friday night, a project that will occupy every weekend
between now and November 30. While it might mean delays, and
aggravation, for drivers, the DOT says the repaving is long overdue...
Georgia Gov. Tallies Damage, Presidential Disaster Declaration
As Atlanta continues to clean debris away from
downtown streets after a devastating tornado pummeled the southern
capital last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue tallied damages in a letter to
the president, requesting federal emergency declaration status. Perdue
said the request covering government buildings and public costs due to
the storms is still pending. The storms prompted closure of 14 roads
including entrance and exit ramps to Interstate Highways 75/85 in
downtown Atlanta.... cont...
Street Closings Stress Downtown Atlanta Drivers ...
Commuters who tried to make their way through the
tornado-damaged Downtown Atlanta area Monday morning faced some
extreme delays, especially those trying to exit at Courtland Street.
"What we saw all morning long, especially into the 10 o'clock hour,
was just massive delays heading down 75 and down 85 trying to get down
the connector. We didn't see them break up until about 11 o'clock this
morning," said 11Alive Traffic Reporter Rob Langer. The Courtland
Street exit started to back up as the morning rush hour picked up
steam, and did not clear until after 11 a.m. Drivers who made it onto
the surface streets were then left frustrated as they worked to
navigate around dozens of barricades and broken street lights....
Atlanta Streets Shut Down after Tornado ...
A number of surface streets in Downtown Atlanta were
reopened Monday after repairs were made from a tornado that ripped
through that part of town Friday night. The majority of streets in the
downtown core were reopened to traffic in time for the Monday
afternoon rush hour. However, some streets in the areas of Cabbage
Town and Vine City remained closed. Many traffic lights are still
non-functional. Atlanta Police officers staffed many of the busier
intersections during rush-hour Monday afternoon and again Tuesday
morning. All exit and entrance ramps to the 75/85 were open.....
Man who survived i-75 bus crash accepts courage award ...
A survivor of a charter bus crash that killed five
members of the Bluffton University baseball team last year spoke
publicly for the first time as he accepted an award for courage. Tim
Berta, 23, the team's student manager, was critically injured in the
March 2, 2007, crash in Atlanta as the team headed to spring training
in Florida. The driver of the bus apparently mistook an exit ramp for
a regular highway lane and crashed the bus into a concrete barrier at
a T-intersection. The bus flipped off an overpass and fell 30 feet
onto Interstate 75. Besides the five players, the driver and his wife
died. Twenty-eight others were injured....
Surprise snow flurries in Atlanta put Cup activities on ice ...
Snow flurries invaded the countryside around the
1.54-mile track, stirring memories of the "Great Blizzard of 1993"
that also was known as the "White Hurricane, No-Name Hurricane" and "
'93 Superstorm." Atlanta received between 4 to 6 inches of white stuff
that weekend, forcing the then-Winston Cup race to be postponed from
Sunday until the following Saturday. It was such a mess that thousands
of motorists were stranded for several days on Interstate 75 north of
Council vote means 'train moving' for int'l terminal ...
The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved
a $1.2 billion construction budget for a new international terminal at
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, despite objections by Delta
Air Lines, the airport's largest customer, over a huge reserve fund.
Interstate 75, its own parking garage and gates for 12 wide-bodies
jets. Those gates will complement 28 gates at the current
international terminal on Concourse E, giving the airport the ability
to park 40 international flights at one time....
Freight forecast shows shift to trains makes sense ...
If you think car traffic is bad and getting worse, you
had better brace yourself for an explosion of freight traffic in metro
Atlanta by 2030. The Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan, approved
by the Atlanta Regional Commission board last week, paints a
frightening picture... county region freight will increase from 950
million tons to 1.7 billion tons, a 78 percent increase. And current
projections are that more than 1.5 billion of those tons will be
hauled by trucks. Much of that is due to having three interstate
highways (I-75, I-85 and I-20) converging in the city center. The same
is true for railroad lines that connect the Atlantic seaports of
Charleston, Savannah and Brunswick with metro Atlanta and cities north
and west. It recommended investing in existing highways to remove the
freight bottlenecks at key interchanges — I-75 north at I-285; I-20
west at I-285; and I-75 south at I-675 — as well as other
intersections across the metro area....
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