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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. 

GDOT seeks public's opinion on proposed interchange

GDOT seeks public's opinion on proposed interchange

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation invites the public to a meeting where opinions will be heard on a new traffic interchange.

The meeting will be an informal Public Informaton Open House, set for March 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 that evening at the Wellstar Acworth Health Park of 4550 Cobb Parkway. 

GDOT wants to hear different perspectives on a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Third Army Road in Cobb, Paulding and Bartow counties. 

Under the current proposal, an improved roadway facility will be constructed from Dabbs Bridge Road in Paulding County though Cobb and Bartow Counties to a new interchange with Interstate 75. A spokesman for GDOT said the new roadway facility is proposed to be grade-separated at US 41/Cobb Parkway with interchange-type ramps provided to and from US 41.

For more information, call (770) 359-9523 or (404) 326-6672.

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. 

 

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

(WXIA) -- With threats of inclement weather looming, icy road conditions are apt to develop overnight. 

Counties surrounding metro Atlanta are preparing to treat roads before winter weather strikes. The 11Alive Help Desk has complied county contacts for you to report icy conditions in your neighborhood too.

Resource Page: Reporting Icy Road Conditions

If you come upon winter weather while in your vehicle, Safe Motorist recommends that you stay alert, slow down and stay in control.

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission has planned four more Wireside Chats to inform residents about the proposed TSPLOST sales tax and the projects it would fund.

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These town hall-style telephone meetings are coming up later this week, so mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 13
Cherokee County, 6:15 p.m.
DeKalb County, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14
South Fulton County, 6:15 p.m.
Clayton County, 7:30 p.m.

'Operation Safe Ride' returns for New Year's Eve

'Operation Safe Ride' returns for New Year's Eve

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Woodstock Police Department will conduct "Operation Safe Ride" for the fourth year in a row this New Year's Eve.

This free service provides rides home for people who may have had a little too much to drink at local bars.

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"The main reason for this operation is to ensure that residents can celebrate the holiday, but not endanger the lives of others by driving impaired," said Lt. Troy Brazie of the Woodstock Police Department.

Anyone who needs a safe way to get home can call Operation Safe Ride if he or she is at a Woodstock establishment, lives within a reasonable distance of the city and does not have enough money to pay for a taxi.

Neese Towing has joined forces with the police to tow participants' vehicles home for free.