Transportation officials are warning drivers to seek alternative routes to Ga. 400 and I-285’s “top end” or expect significant delays this weekend, Jan. 12 and 13, because of construction work.

“We understand that these delays on Ga. 400 and on I-285 are an inconvenience to motorists but I think if they plan ahead and seek the ways around these areas, they can avoid most of the delays,” Georgia Department Transportation District Construction Engineer Lee Upkins said in a press release Jan. 10.

DOT said bridge work will close three left lanes in on I-285 eastbound from I-75 to Roswell Road and three right lanes westbound from Northside Drive to Powers Ferry Road during the  weekend, DOT said.

Contractors also will continue the construction of the bridges in the Ga. 400/I-85 interchange. Flagging operations on surface streets around the interchange and various lane closures on Ga. 400 are expected to cause delays in the area so motorists should plan ahead to avoid the backups, DOT said

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