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Dinosaurs Are Coming To Stone Mountain Park

After a 65 to 230 million year hiatus, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s most visited attraction, today announced plans to debut its latest addition, Dinosaur Explore, set to open March 30 and run throughout the 2017 season.

“Most of our guests are probably too young to remember the last time dinosaurs inhabited Stone Mountain Park,” said Michael Dombrowski, general manager of Stone Mountain Park. “Our newest attraction brings the wonder and excitement of these prehistoric animals back to the park in a way that offers families a fun new way to explore and learn.”

Dinosaur Explore will feature 20 dinosaurs representing 14 species, T. rex meet and greets, baby dinosaur interactions and a dino dig play area. In addition, there will be an all-new indoor experience: Dinotorium.

Inside the Dinotorium, guests can interact with dino rangers, learn about different dinosaur habitats, visit the Dino Nursery, feed baby dinosaurs and play games. Kids are invited to join in the learning fun by becoming junior dino rangers.

The prehistoric creature collection will be located behind the Dinotorium on wooded trails where families will discover giant dinosaurs that move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. The exhibition includes favorites like the king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and a gentle, plant-eating Brachiosaurus that towers overhead nearly two stories tall. The collection also includes a three-horned Triceratops, a ferocious Allosaurus, a winged Pteranodon and many more.

Dinosaur Explore opens March 30 for a limited time during 2017, and admission is FREE with any paid daily Adventure Pass or Mountain Membership.

Also making its debut at the park March 30 is the loveable herd from Ice Age in the new “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ 4D Experience.” Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the crew embark on an action-packed adventure when they discover a lost world of dinosaurs.

Paleolithic Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain was created by an upwelling of magma from the Earth’s crust roughly 300 to 250 million years ago. Dinosaurs arrived later, between 230 and 65 million years ago. Georgia is known to have been the home of several coastal species of dinosaurs.

Stone Mountain Park Today

Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. For ticketing and other details call 800-401-2407 or visit stonemountainpark.com.


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Georgia Preps I-75 for Winter Storm This Weekend

Responding to the potential for the season’s first significant winter weather event, Georgia DOT crews have pretreated all major interstates, including I-75, across middle, east and north Georgia, spreading brine mixture. Brine is a mixture of salt and water is used as a preventative treatment and is intended to limit the bonding of the ice to the pavement. Brine operations started today at 7 a.m. on I-85 and 185 from the Alabama/Georgia state line and I-75 from Henry to Bibb County. These tankers will also treat various other major secondary state routes throughout our 31-county district area. Bridges and overpasses are included in the treatment plan.

District personnel, local equipment operators, highway maintenance workers, mechanics and supervisors will begin working 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Friday and continue in the area until the State Maintenance Office and Georgia Emergency Management Agency determine any threat of winter weather has passed. Citizens should expect to see vehicles deploying brine and also traditional salt and gravel measures throughout Winter Storm Helena. We will have our crews strategically placed in locations where they can quickly spread the materials on all the major interstates and state routes. But we must have the public’s cooperation in this effort. We cannot spread the materials if we are stuck in traffic; and without the materials on the roadway before the snow hits, we lose a valuable tool in fighting the effects of this winter storm.

Overall, motorists are cautioned to be aware of black ice that may occur whenever there is moisture on the roadway in freezing temperatures. This is especially important after the storm leaves and temperatures drop Saturday evening.

Drivers should also watch for Georgia DOT crews working to clear snow and ice from interstates and state routes. These employees are working in a work zone and need to be safe. Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields. Motorists should follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles and be extra cautious when driving through inclement weather conditions.


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Multiple Lane Closures for I-75 Construction in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that, weather permitting, a multiple-lane closure on I-75 Southbound will take place for bridge work within the NWC project corridor.

The I-75 construction lane closure schedule is:

  • Wednesday, December 28, 9:00 p.m. – Thursday, December 29, 5:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 29, 9:00 p.m. – Friday, December 30, 5:00 a.m.

The closures will take place on I-75 Southbound triple right lane closure between South Marietta Parkway and Delk Road.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and exercise caution while driving in these areas. On-site message boards indicating dates and times will be present in advance of these closures.


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Traffic Pacing on I-75 in Georgia, Expect Delays

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that the NWC Express Lanes Project will require daytime traffic pacing on I-75 northbound and southbound.

As work continues on the NWC Express Lanes, a daytime traffic pace for rock blasting at Big Shanty Road will affect I-75 Northbound and Southbound traffic.

Pacing will take place on I-75 Northbound from I-75/I-575 Interchange to Big Shanty Road and on I-75 Southbound from the Wade Green Road to Big Shanty Road. Thursday, November 10th occurring at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and exercise caution while driving in these areas. On-site message boards indicating dates and times will be present in advance of these closures.


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I-75 Construction in Metro Atlanta This Weekend

Georgia Department of Transportation projects to improve highway infrastructure throughout Metropolitan Atlanta continue this weekend, weather permitting. Planned work on Interstate 75 this weekend is as follows:

Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

  • On I-75, two northbound lanes will close between SR 280/Delk Road and SR 120 Loop/ South Marietta Parkway from 9 p.m., until 5 a.m., Friday and Sunday.
  • On I-75, two southbound lanes will close between SR 120 Loop/ South Marietta Parkway and SR 280/ Delk Road from 9 p.m., until 5 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
  • On I-75, one northbound lane will close just before and after Wade Green Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Saturday.

South Metro Express Lanes

  • On I-75, up to two northbound lanes will close between the I-675
    interchange and SR 138/Lake Spivey Parkway continuously from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Monday
  • On I-75, one northbound lane will close just before and after Hudson Bridge Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 7 a.m., Saturday, from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m., Sunday, and from 7 p.m., Sunday until 5 a.m., Monday.
  • On I-75, one northbound lane will close between Jonesboro Road and Jodeco Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Monday.
  • On I-75, one southbound lane will close between the I-675 interchange and Hudson Bridge Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 7 a.m., Saturday.
  • On I-75, one northbound and one southbound lane will close just
    before and after SR 155/North McDonough Road from 7 p.m.,
    Sunday until 7 a.m., Monday for the southbound lane and until 5
    a.m., Monday for the northbound lane.

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Lane Closures on I-75 in Metro Atlanta, Expect Heavy Congestion

Construction activities on the South Metro Express Lanes on Interstate 75 south of Atlanta continue this week. The contractor will be working on Interstate 75 southbound between Hudson Bridge Road and SR 20/SR 81. Weather permitting; work will be performed within 2 mile increments of installed lane closures.

Drivers are urged to slow down and proceed cautiously throughout these work zones.

Motorists should expect heavy congestion throughout the entire 12 mile work zone area. Alternate routes are available and should be considered.

Work will occur as follows:

  • I-75 Southbound
    • MP 223– 221; near Exit 224, Hudson Bridge Road; left lane closure Tuesday, August 23 through Wednesday, August 24 between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. for barrier wall construction
    • MP 219 – 218; near Exit 218, SR 20/SR 81; left lane closure Tuesday, August 23 through Thursday, August 25 between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. for barrier wall construction

Motorists are advised to slow down and proceed with caution through this area; workers and heavy equipment will be in close proximity to the roadway.


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Lane Closures Continue in Atlanta on I-75

Weather permitting; Georgia DOT contractors will begin resurfacing approximately 6 miles on I-75/I-85 (Downtown Connector) from University Avenue to the Brookwood Interchange. The Downtown Connector was resurfaced in 2008. The resurfacing project is a part of Georgia DOT’s efforts to maintain its infrastructure.

The work will take place nightly (Monday, August 8 – Sunday, August 14) from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. except on the weekends when work will continue until 8 a.m. During resurfacing, the entire ramp may close nightly from midnight until 5 a.m. However, Brookwood and I-20 interchanges will not have complete ramp closures Emergency vehicles will be allowed access to the ramps. Exact dates may change due to weather or other factors.

The tentative schedule for ramp closures is as follows:

  • Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m., – Tuesday, August 9 at 5 a.m.: northbound entrance ramp from Freedom Parkway\Irwin Street underpass
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 9 p.m. – Wednesday, August 10 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 northbound exit ramp 249B to Pine Street, Peachtree Street, Civic Center (Exit # 249B)
  • Wednesday, August 10 at 9 p.m. – Thursday, August 11 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 northbound exit ramp to Spring Street, West Peachtree Street (Exit # 249D)
  • Thursday, August 11 at 9 p.m. – Friday, August 12 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 northbound exit ramp to Spring Street, West Peachtree Street (Exit # 249D)
  • Friday, August 12 at 9 p.m. – Saturday, August 13 at 8 a.m.: I-75/I-85 northbound entrance ramp from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • Saturday, August 13 at 9 p.m. – Sunday August 14 at 9 a.m.: NO WORK ON DOWNTOWN CONNECTOR PROJECT
  • Sunday, August 14 at 9 p.m. – Monday, August 15 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 northbound entrance ramp from Spring Street NW, Williams Street

ADVISORY:

Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling through work zones, pay attention and watch for workers.


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Traffic Pacing, Lane Closures on I-75 in Atlanta Area This Weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports the following construction and lane closures on I-75 in Metropolitan Atlanta this weekend, weather permitting.

Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

  • On I-75, one southbound lane will close between SR 120 Loop/South Marietta Parkway and SR 280/Delk Road continuously from 8 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Monday.
  • On I-75, two northbound lanes will close between Windy Hill Road and SR 280/Delk Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Saturday.
  • On I-75, two northbound and two southbound lanes will close between the I-575 interchange and the SR 5/Canton Road Connector from 8 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Saturday.
  • On I-75, one northbound lane will close just before and after Wade Green Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Saturday.

South Metro Express Lanes

  • On I-75, one southbound lane will close just before and after Hudson Bridge Road continuously from 9 p.m., Friday until 7 a.m., Monday.
  • On I-75, one northbound lane will close between SR 20/SR 81/Hampton Road and Jonesboro Road from 9 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Saturday.
  • On I-75, a traffic pace will take place on the northbound and southbound lanes between SR 155/North McDonough Road and SR 138/Lake Spivey Parkway from 9 p.m., Friday night until 7 a.m., Saturday. The traffic pace will require motorists to drive 5 mph -10 mph to allow contractors to work across the interstate lanes.
  • On I-75, one southbound lane will close between Jodeco Road/Flippen Road and Jonesboro Road from 6 a.m., until 5 p.m., Saturday.
  • On I-75, one southbound lane will close between Mt. Zion Boulevard and SR 138/Lake Spivey Parkway from 6 a.m., until 12 p.m., Saturday.

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