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GDOT focuses on local motorists for Work Zone Safety Week

GDOT focuses on local motorists for Work Zone Safety Week

(WXIA) -- Work Zone Safety Week is underway, and Georgia's Department of Transportation, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration are emphasizing the need for Georgia motorists to use caution when travelling on all roads throughout the state.

During Work Zone Safety Week, highway departments, law enforcement and private contractors are reminding drivers that dangers can come from failure to be careful when behind the wheel, especially in work zones where heavy equipment is often used close to travel lanes.

According to a press release from GDOT, 57 workers were killed in work zones in past years, not including contract workers and civilians. 

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

(WXIA) -- A team of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations are holding a stand-down at various construction sites around Georgia. 

As part of Highway Work Zone Awareness Week which runs April 15 - 19, construction workers will stop work along highways for one hour from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. During that hour, work zone safety training will be held for the stand-down. 

The training, according to the U.S Dept. of Labor, will help prevent certain dangers like texting and driving, as well as worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. 

As reported by an official, around 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment like trucks and trains. 

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A longtime lawyer for various state agencies was named Wednesday to head the State Road and Tollway Authority.

SRTA's board unanimously appointed Chris Tomlinson, who has been serving as the agency's deputy executive director and general counsel, to succeed Gena Evans as executive director. 

In his current role, Tomlinson was providing oversight of day-to-day operations as well as legal issues for SRTA, which operates Georgia's toll roads. 

Before joining SRTA, he served as general counsel for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Technology Authority, Georgia Building Authority, State Properties Commission and Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission. 

Tomlinson has a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Georgia State University. 

Evans is leaving the state government after heading both SRTA and, before that, the DOT. 

 

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation closed their Emergency Operations Center early on Friday afternoon.

The center closed at 2:00 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for GDOT. GDOT decided to close early based on information from the National Weather Service, as it predicted that metro Atlanta will not be affected by severe weather conditions on Friday. 

As reported, the Northeast Georgia District (D1) operations center will remain open until further notice. The spokesperson sad GDOT will have limited crews ready to respond as needed on the roadways. 

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.georgia-navigator.com before making trips. 

 

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

ATLANTA -- For being the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's security line wait time is about average compared with its major peers.

The average security line wait time in Atlanta is 10 minutes, according to a FareCompare list.

FareCompare used a variety of sources to compile the list, including the U.S.