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Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- This weekend is going to be beautiful, weather-wise, and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

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But pretty days (and nights) come with a snag for drivers: weekend roadwork.

A major project begins Friday night in Cobb County. North Marietta Parkway will be closed between Cobb Parkway and Wallace Road for five consecutive weekends.

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The road will be open during the week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

N. Marietta Parkway to be closed for 5 weekends

N. Marietta Parkway to be closed for 5 weekends

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Part of a busy Marietta road will be closed for repairs for five consecutive weekends.

North Marietta Parkway (Highway 120) will be closed between Cobb Parkway and Wallace Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday on weekends from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11.

The North Marietta Parkway interchange at Interstate 75 will also be affected.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation said the closures are necessary for crews to perform roadwork before the weather gets too cold.

The street will be open on weekdays.

Drivers traveling through the area on weekends are encouraged to find alternate routes, as officials expect major delays. Detours will be in place.

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has not scheduled much roadwork for this weekend.

Rain resulting from Tropical Storm Karen could move through metro Atlanta on Sunday and cancel any existing projects as well.

"We have single right lane closures planned for both directions on I-285 on the east side between Cascade and MLK and one on (Georgia) 400 southbound at Hammond Drive but the weather may change those plans," said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle.

Work will also continue on the I-85/Georgia 400 Interchange project, which could result in lane closures on Buford Highway, Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road.

Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

Weekend roadwork moves off the interstate

(WXIA) -- Weekends usually mean lots and lots of interstate traffic in metro Atlanta.

But this weekend, the weather will be gorgeous and much of the roadwork will move off the highways.

"We didn't really plan to avoid work on the interstates this weekend. It just turned out that the contractors didn't schedule any," said Georgia Department of Transportation Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle. "We will likely be back out there next weekend though."

A few interstate projects are still in the works. On I-285, maintenance crews will close two rights lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly to replace concrete slabs. Those closures will happen southbound from Cascade Road to Langford Parkway and northbound from Hollowell Parkway to South Cobb Drive.

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

ATLANTA -- Just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation has begun producing a series of educational videos aimed to promote safe driving and cut down on the number of fatalities on state highways.

The initiative is part of the Federal Highway Administration's Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

Georgia drivers are already making progress in decreasing the number of traffic-related deaths. Last year, 549 fewer people died on state roads than in 2005.

"We are gratified by the continuing progress being made in reducing fatal accidents on Georgia highways, especially so as we approach another travel-heavy holiday weekend," GDOT commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "One death is too many, however. This educational video outreach is part of our overall effort."

The video series, called DriveSmart, encourages motorists to cut out all distractions while behind the wheel.

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

Cobb adds 8 electric car-charging stations

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Eight electric car-charging stations have been added at Cobb Community Transit stations.

The Marietta Transfer Center and the Busbee Park and Ride now feature four chargers each. The stations have been active for about two weeks and used six times, according to Darryl Howell, who works in transit operations for CCT and managed the project.

Tori Collay, an Internet sales representative at Auto Nation Nissan on Cobb Parkway, said that interest in the Nissan Leaf has grown with rising fuel costs.

"Since this year, we've probably sold about 60 to 70," Collay said. "It just seems like out of the blue they're a really hot item."

Where is your bus? Find out with GoCCT.

Where is your bus? Find out with GoCCT.

COBB COUNTY -- Cobb County Transit is now offering a way for commuters to track their buses in real time.

The transit system has introduced GoCCT, which gives riders the ability to access departure times of buses and search by bus stop. By using GoCCT, riders can better predict when their bus will arrive. Plus there are a number of ways to determine departures, including Web browsers, text messages, simple text formats, email and SMS. 

With the new tool, Cobb County Transit hopes commuters can better organize their time by customizing GoCCT to meet their needs. 

GoCCT features compatibility with browsers, operating systems and devices, real-time predictions, personalized alerts, compatibility with mobile HTML smartphones and a Google Maps service interface.