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Woodstock police offer alternative transportation for Streetfest

Woodstock police offer alternative transportation for Streetfest

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- On Saturday, Mar. 26, the Woodstock Police Department will once again conduct "Operation Safe Ride."

This free service provides rides home to patrons of the Greenprints Alliance Streetfest 2011 who may be impaired or feel it is unsafe for them to drive.

Eligible participants must attend Streetfest, live within a reasonable distance of Woodstock and lack enough money to call a taxi.

Operation Safe Ride has provided over 200 rides home and saved countless lives in its three years of existence.

"The main reason for this operation is to ensure that residents can celebrate the event, but not endanger the lives of others by driving impaired," said Woodstock Officer Kim Thomas. "We have fun interacting with all of the residents and meeting new people.

CCSD transportation employees win state competition

CCSD transportation employees win state competition

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County's special needs students who use the district's bus transportation are in very good hands.

Cherokee County School District transportation employees Dale Roberts and Rhonda Fiddler won first place in the sixth annual Georgia Special Needs School Bus Roadeo, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The team will now go on to compete in the National Roadeo on Friday, Mar. 11 in Kansas City.

The Roadeo is held to improve the training and preparedness of bus drivers who transport children with special needs. The driver and bus monitor work as a team as they compete in the areas of a bus pre-check, wheelchair loading and securing, special needs evacuation and driving.

In the special needs Roadeo, the drivers are also judged on their TLC -- their ability to maneuver the bus while taking care of fragile passengers.

Roberts and Fiddler took home the top prize for Georgia in 2009 as well.

Expect Weekend Delays on Main Street

Expect Weekend Delays on Main Street

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Road work is scheduled to take place on Main Street in downtown Woodstock on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 14.

Johnson Landscapes will be paving and striping the road. As a result, traffic will only be allowed to flow in one direction at a time. Motorists should expect delays.

Woodstock officials advise travelers to take alternate routes if possible.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.


The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.


All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Woodstock Police Offer Transportation on New Year's Eve

Woodstock Police Offer Transportation on New Year's Eve

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Once again, the Woodstock Police Department will conduct "Operation Safe Ride" on New Year's Eve.

This event allows officers to offer free rides home from local bars to patrons who may be impaired or feel that it is unsafe to drive.

Any person in need of a ride must be at an establishment within the incorporated limits of Woodstock, must live a reasonable distance within the city and must not have any money to call a taxi.

PeeWee's Wrecker Service and Neese Towing have joined the operation again this year and are offering to tow vehicles to homes free of charge.

Now in its third year, Operation Safe Ride has provided over 200 rides home and saved innumerable lives.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ridgewalk Interchange

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Mayor Donnie Henriques and the members of the Woodstock City Council, along with State Senator Chip Rogers and State Representative Sean Jerguson, are pleased to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Ridgewalk Interchange along Interstate 575 in southern Cherokee County.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Rope Mill Road and Ridgewalk Parkway, north of downtown Woodstock. Parking for the event will be available along Ridgewalk Parkway and Rope Mill Road, north of Ridgewalk.

The interchange has been in the works since the late 1970s and is set for full construction beginning later this year.

Environmental Impact Statement on I-75/575 Projects Presented at Public Open Houses

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has completed a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Northwest Corridor managed lane project on Interstate Highways 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.

Two public hearing open houses on the plan, at which interested persons may learn details of the proposed project and offer comments, are scheduled for October:

* Thursday, Oct. 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock High School cafeteria (2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock, 30189)
* Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel ballroom (2055 South Park Place, Atlanta, 30339)

The Northwest Corridor project starts at Akers Mill Road at the northern end of the existing I-75 HOV system. The project will tie the existing system to the reversible system, which starts at I-285.