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Bridge Work Requires I-75 Southbound Mainline Closure and Detour in Atlanta

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that the I-75 southbound mainline lanes will be closed from Exit 259 to Windy Ridge on Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM.

This work requires an overnight closure and detour. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project is near 85% complete and this work marks one of the last segments of bridge construction for the project.


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Gas Availability for Travelers Returning to Florida Via I-75

If you are returning to Florida and points south via I-75, be aware that heavy traffic and finding gas may be an issue.

I-75 travelers in southern Georgia heading into Florida are finding heavy traffic and limited gas supplies along the way.

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.

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For real-time traffic updates for locations along the route, click here.


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Georgia DOT Encourages Travelers to “Shelter in Place”

As Tropical Storm Irma moves throughout the state today, Georgia DOT strongly advises residents and travelers to stay safe and shelter in place. After the storm passes and officials deem conditions safe, Georgia DOT crews will work quickly to clear as many of the interstates and major state routes as possible before nightfall and conditions become too dangerous to work. In some areas of the state, crews are already working to clear debris and ensure safe passage on interstates and state routes.

“While the heavy rainfall and high winds have moved out of the southern part of the state, middle and north Georgia are currently experiencing the brunt of the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle. “People on the roadways are putting themselves in extreme danger from wind gusts up to 65 mph in the metro area, and downed trees and power lines, so we continue to advise that people stay where they are for the time being.”

Current conditions as of 6:30 p.m. on roadways across the state:

  • South East Georgia: Crews will begin working on clearing debris from I-95 which is closed in multiple locations due to downed trees and debris.
  • South West Georgia: Multiple crews will be clearing different routes at the same time – multiple roadway incidents associated with debris. Crews will begin work on I-75, with others going to major four lane routes – US 82, US 84, US 319, US 19, US 27 and SR 300.
  • East Central Georgia: Crews are prepared and waiting for the storm to subside enough to begin work on clearing interstate and major state routes.
  • West Central Georgia: Crews have been working to clear interstates and major state routes, however there is debris on I-75 in Henry, Monroe and Butts counties.
  • Metro District: Crews have been working to clear drains and debris from all interstates.
    Current conditions include:

    • DeKalb County: Memorial Drive between Douglas and Watson
    • SR 13/ Buford Highway @ West Druid Hills Road closed due to tree down
  • North East Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.
  • North West Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.

Georgia DOT cautions, if you must travel:

  • Watch out for downed limbs, trees and power lines on the roadways.
  • Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop.
    If you must travel, wait until daylight and use extreme caution on roadways.
  • Steady rain can cause flash flooding quickly.
  • Be aware there is a difference between flash flood and storm surge.
  • Street flooding can occur quickly … do not drive onto roadways completely covered with moving water.
  • If a barricade is in place, it is there for your safety. DO NOT drive around it.

    Georgia DOT advises that it is not safe to be on the roadways at this time. Exercise patience and stay informed about roadway conditions.


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Hurricane Irma Continues Northward, Travel Remains Hazardous

Tropical Storm Irma, Continues to Slowly Weaken while moving through Southwestern Georgia…Hurricane Jose does Not Pose a Threat to Florida.

Windy conditions across the state with chances of heavy rainfall throughout the eastern and northern counties as Tropical Storm Irma moves North through the state.

Tropical Storm Irma has maximum sustained winds of 50mph. At 5pm EDT, Irma was located about 10 miles east of Albany, Georgia and about 150 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia and is moving north-northwest at 17 mph. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River, and North of Clearwater Beach to Aucilla River. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River. Tropical Storm conditions continuing across North Florida into Georgia throughout the Night.

Elsewhere, at 5pm EDT, Hurricane Jose is a Category 2 hurricane and was located about 360 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving north at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It continues to weaken as it moves north. It is too early to tell if Jose will have any direct impact on Florida.


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Travel Discouraged as Flooding, High Winds Batter Georgia

Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to include all 159 counties in Georgia. The Governor has also ordered state government closed on Monday and Tuesday for all employees except personnel who will be working the storm.

“With heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high winds, we expect downed trees and power lines that will directly impact travel on our roadways throughout the entire state. It is important for residents to continue to stay in a safe location and not be on the roadway during the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer Andrew Heath.

Once it is safe to re-enter areas impacted by Irma, nearly 800 Georgia DOT employees are on standby to begin clearing debris from the roadway, inspect bridges for safe reopening, restore downed or broken traffic signals and ensure the safety of the travelling public.

“The safety of all Georgia residents and Georgia DOT employees is paramount. We cannot allow our employees to enter and work in unsafe areas,” added Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We ask for the public’s patience in allowing our crews the time to safely clear roadways and inspect bridges.”

Priority will be given to clearing the interstates and heavily traveled state routes and arterials so that emergency personnel and power crews can take care of resident’s basic needs. In addition, more than 40 bridge inspectors will be inspecting bridges once the water goes down and they are able to inspect hundreds of bridges throughout the state.


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Georgia DOT Advises Use of All Available Routes for Irma Evacuation

As residents and guests consider leaving areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma, Georgia DOT encourages evacuees to plan their evacuation routes, and reminds citizens that there are numerous routes throughout the state that provide alternatives to the already-congested interstates. With mandatory evacuation of areas of coastal Georgia beginning today, Georgia DOT urges motorists to consider all possible evacuation routes in addition to interstate highways.

Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Route Map | I-75 Exit Guide
Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Map – Click to Enlarge

 

On Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 30 counties in Georgia in anticipation of the storm. The Governor has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.

To facilitate travel from mandatory evacuation zones and areas of expected impact from the storm, beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Georgia DOT will work with Georgia State Patrol to contraflow a 125-mile stretch of I-16 from Savannah to US 441 in Dublin, which will double the westbound capacity on this section of interstate to better accommodate the anticipated volume of traffic.

“Designated evacuation routes and contraflow measures add capacity for moving large amounts of people to safety in a short period of time,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “This is about safety, not speed. We ask that everyone plan ahead, pre-select your evacuation route using 511, carry needed supplies and exercise patience and discretion. We’re all in this together.”

Beginning today, 15 Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program (CHAMP) operators will be deployed to I-95 and I-75 between Florida and Macon to provide motorists assistance and traffic control for the increased volume of evacuation traffic from Florida and the Georgia coast. On Saturday, 20 Highway Emergency Response Operators (HEROs) will begin assisting with contraflow and traffic management on I-16.

The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are now open to northbound traffic only to provide additional lanes for evacuation, and the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) has suspended tolling on this facility until further notice. On I-75, this applies only to the South Metro Express Lanes in Henry and Clayton counties. Normally, vehicles are required to have a Georgia Peach Pass or a Florida SunPass to access the Express Lanes, but with this waiver, all vehicles, regardless of whether they have a pass, can access the lanes at no cost. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using the lanes, which are not open to vehicles with more than two axles or six wheels.

While citizens are urged to consider all possible evacuation routes, motorists are reminded that Georgia DOT will contraflow I-16 from Savannah to Dublin beginning Saturday. A median crossover on I-16 east of I-95 will cross traffic over onto I-16 eastbound lanes to travel westbound. All eastbound access at interchanges will be blocked from Dublin to Savannah on I-16 during the contraflow process. Travelers may exit contraflow lanes at the following locations:

  • Exit 143 @ SR 30 / US 280 (Exit to Pembroke at Ellabell, Georgia)
  • Exit 116 @ SR 73 / SR 301 (Exit to Statesboro and Claxton at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 104 @ SR 23 / SR 121 (Exit to Metter and Reidsville at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 90 @ SR 4 / US 1 (Swainsboro, Georgia)
  • Exit 71 @ SR 15 / SR 78 (Exit to Soperton and Adrian at Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 67 @ SR 29 (Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 51 @ SR 31 / US 319 / US 441 (Dublin, Georgia)

A crossover on I-16 at SR 26 (MP 38) in Laurens County will direct traffic back to regular westbound lanes prior to arrival in Macon. All westbound exits will remain open after Dublin.

Motorists are also reminded that shoulders on interstates are reserved for – and are being actively used by – emergency vehicles only. They are not to be used for passenger vehicles.


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Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Fuel Availability and Gas Station Outages

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane Irma.

The app includes a gas-availability tracking system. This includes in-app features and an online tracker to provide information notifying users of gas stations with no fuel or power.

Find gas stations across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina currently without fuel due to Hurricane Irma.

For more information and to download the app, click here.


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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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