A break is coming. But your brakes will be put to the test once again this weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation warns drivers avoid portions of I-285 again this weekend as the ongoing paving projects that have stalled weekend traffic in recent weeks will continue.

But the coming of cold weather means the folks paving 285 soon will park their machines until spring. They can’t pave in cold weather, DOT says.

“Some work will continue through the winter months on the bridges, but should not create the delays that the paving operation has created in the last few weeks,” DOT said in a press release. “However, motorists will have to endure one more weekend of paving as the contractors work in both directions with up to three lanes closed this weekend, weather permitting.”

Two right lanes will be closed eastbound from Roswell Road to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and three left lanes will be closed westbound from Roswell Road to Riverside Drive, DOT said. Construction and maintenance work also will be done on several state routes around metro Atlanta throughout the weekend, DOT said.

“We would like to get the project completely done this year, including the top layer, but the nighttime temperatures are just getting too cold to pave any more this season,” District Construction Engineer Lee Upkins said in the DOT press release. “Our plan is to place the top layer of pavement in the spring.”

Additionally, construction of the bridges in the Ga. 400/I-85 interchange is expected to cause serious delays in that area, DOT said.

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