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I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

(WXIA) -- Drivers who plan to use Interstate 20 this weekend are encouraged to find alternate routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on several major projects this weekend on the interstate that cuts across Atlanta.

"We have three projects with significant lane closures on I-20 this weekend," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We are expecting long delays, particularly in Douglas and Rockdale counties, during the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday."

This weekend's road projects, many of which come with heavy delays, include:

Rockdale County kicks off Drinking Water Week

Rockdale County kicks off Drinking Water Week

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale Water Resources (RWR) will celebrate Drinking Water Week, May 5-9, in partnership with the American Water Works Association, to educate the public about the critical role water plays in the daily lives of citizens.

“Drinking Water Week is an opportunity for water professionals, environmental champions and citizens to join together to preserve our precious water supplies and systems to guarantee safe drinking water is available for future generations of citizens,” Rockdale Water Resources Director Dwight Wicks said.

RWR begins its official celebration of Drinking Water Week by hosting a public information table May 5-9 at the County Administration & Services Building, 958 Milstead Avenue, Conyers. The information table is designed to educate citizens about how water works and share helpful tips that empower residents to use water wisely.

Public invited to attend Rockdale government-access channel public hearing

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) invites the community to attend a public hearing to gather feedback about Rockdale 23 on Tuesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Assembly Hall, 901 Main Street in Conyers.

In addition to taking public comment at the meeting, there will be information presented that will outline the purpose of Rockdale 23, the county’s government-access channel, highlight its impact in the community and describe the type of programming it is able to produce.

The meeting is open to the public and no pre-registration to speak is needed.

Citizens unable to attend the hearing can provide written comment via email to County Clerk Jennifer Rutledge at jennifer.rutledge@rockdalecounty.org, by mail to P.O. Box 289, Conyers, 30012, or by dropping it off at the BOC Office at 962 Milstead Avenue, Conyers.

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.

High speed chase ends in fiery crash

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- A high speed chase in Rockdale County Friday morning ended in a fiery crash.

The Newton County Sheriff's spokesperson says the truck was suspected in a burglary on Wednesday.

A Rockdale Sheriff's deputy spotted truck today and followed it. That's when the chase began and speeds reached 100 miles per hour.

Deputies tried to use a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect near Sigman Road. But they were unsuccessful because a dangerous curve was approaching too quickly.

The car crashed shortly after that at Turner Road.

Fiver people were in the truck. Two women and one man were taken to the hospital, two other suspects got away.

Suspect thanks Deputy after being pulled from fiery wreck

CONYERS, Ga -- A man who led Rockdale County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase feels lucky he survived a fiery crash when it ended. Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The chase was videotaped on dash cameras of the deputies chasing Alshura Frazier, 34, of West Columbia, SC. Rockdale County officials say the chase was well within their policy when a deputy spotted a 2014 Jeep Cherokee driving erratically on I-20.

"He's driving 80 to 90 miles an hour in the far left lane, actually in the emergency lane between the fast lane and the median wall," Cpl. Michael Camp said. "He was running drivers out of their lane."

Deputy Jason Heyman tried to pull the Jeep over. "At this point the deputy thinks he could be under the influence of drugs or alcohol due to the erratic driving," Cpl. Camp said.