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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Conyers Waffle House robbed

Conyers Waffle House robbed

CONYERS, Ga. -- A Waffle House near Interstate 20 was robbed Thursday morning.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. at the restaurant in the 1100 block of West Avenue in Conyers.

Conyers Police spokesperson Kim Lucas said the Waffle House was robbed by one suspect. No one was hurt.

Police have set up a perimeter around the restaurant in their search for the suspect.

Public invited to Neighborhood Stabilization Program town hall

Public invited to Neighborhood Stabilization Program town hall

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness will host a town hall about possible changes to the use of Rockdale Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds on Thursday, September 18, at 6 p.m., at the Rockdale County Government Annex, Lobby B, 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

During the meeting, an overview will be provided about the current use of NSP funds and changes being proposed. Residents will then be invited to share their opinions. The Board of Commissioners is considering amending the NSP Action Plan with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to change the use of the funds from home renovations and sales to the demolition of foreclosed and abandoned properties with construction of new homes on the same site.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Jogger in Conyers injured falling into open manhole


UPDATE
(Thur., September 4, 2014) The director of the Conyers Public Works and Transportation Dept., Brad Sutton, told 11Alive News that he's found out the manhole is an AT&T "vault," a manhole that gives AT&T crews access to underground lines and cables. It is not a city-owned and maintained manhole after all, he said. He said he called Latasha Owens Thursday to give her the update, and he gave her the contact information to the AT&T claims department to try to track down what happened.

CONYERS, Ga. (Wed., September 3, 2014) -- A woman in Conyers is banged up and bruised but alive after a freak jogging accident.

She was jogging Tuesday night on a sidewalk, and fell into an open manhole.

It was a potentially fatal accident, and police think it may have been caused by pranksters who, perhaps, removed the manhole cover thinking it would be funny.

Misunderstanding leads to Rockdale school evacuation

Misunderstanding leads to Rockdale school evacuation

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- An apparent misunderstanding led to an evacuation at Lorraine Elementary School in Rockdale County Friday morning.

It started with a fire alarm, which may have been triggered by heat from flash stands being used to take students' school portraits.

During the fire alarm, a student made a comment about a bomb to a teacher, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Cpl. Michael Camp. The student's comment led to school officials declaring a bomb threat.

Camp said the student's father works for Rockdale County Public Schools and investigated a bomb threat at Rockdale High School last week. Police believe the student's comment about the father's part in the Rockdale High threat was taken out of context by the teacher.

The sheriff's office conducted a sweep of Lorraine Elementary, just to be safe.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include: