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West Ave. railroad crossing closed for construction through weekend
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The West Avenue railroad crossing will remain closed through July 18 as the City of Conyers stormwater services and contractors install new storm drains.

The new storm drains at the railroad crossing at the intersection of West Avenue, Green Street and Railroad Stree, will help alleviate water pooling. Construction will keep the crossing closed through the weekend.

Storm drain installation began Monday, July 14 and had been expected to be completed by July 18 as part of the street widening and enhancement project for Railroad Street that began earlier this month. Instead, work will continue, weather permitting, through the weekend in anticipation of the crossing reopening on Monday, July 21.

Detour signs remain in place for motorists traveling through the area. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

Those with questions and concerns should contact the city's Department of Public Works and Transportation at 770-785-6690.


GDOT weekend construction 

Contractors are planning to work all weekend to put the finishing touches on the Georgia Department of Transportation's resurfacing of Interstate 20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica by Monday, months before November's scheduled completion date.

That will be welcome news to University of Mississippi and University of Alabama football fans trekking to the Georgia Dome for their teams' respective Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic games against Boise State and West Virginia August 28 and 30; likewise for NASCAR fans bound for Talladega in October. Oh, and good news too for the 105,000 or so motorists, including thousands of long-haul truckers, who use that stretch of I-20 every single day.

Weather permitting; workers will alternatingly close I-20 lanes, both eastbound (EB) and westbound (WB), between State Route 5 and Liberty Road. The work will be continuous, beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, and ending at 5 a.m., Monday. At least two lanes will remain open in each direction throughout the work but traffic likely will still be heavy. When the work is completed, however, no further significant lane closures are expected on this project.

There is, though, a strong possibility of rain this weekend.

Such weather could temporarily halt work or cause it to be postponed completely. Already, two jobs - I-20 resurfacing in Rockdale and Newton counties and concrete replacement on westside Interstate 285 - have been cancelled due to the forecast. Georgia DOT suggests calling 511 or consulting before travelling to learn current work status and traffic conditions. If project activities take place as scheduled, motorists should strongly consider alternate routes to avoid delays on westside I-20 and in these other weekend construction zones:

• Work on I-285 Top End sign structures is scheduled to continue - with continuous (9 p.m., Friday, until 5 a.m., Monday) inside (left) lane closures in both directions (both the Inner and Outer Loops) between Powers Ferry Road and I-75. Also on I-285 on the Southside, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport crews will be performing maintenance activities on lights in the 5th Runway tunnel. Sporadic multiple lane closures will be in place in both directions throughout the weekend.

• Downtown, overnight restriping of several westbound (WB) I-20 exit ramps will occur during overnight hours. The affected ramps, in order, will be at Flat Shoals Road, Glenwood Avenue, Capitol Avenue and Windsor Street. The work will take place nightly from 8 p.m., until 6 a.m. All ramps will remain open to traffic throughout the process, but delays are likely and drivers should be extremely cautious. Work will be timed so as not to interfere with Atlanta Braves' game traffic.

• On Georgia 400 northbound (NB) between Sidney Marcus Boulevard and Lenox Road, one outside (right) lane will be closed from 7 a.m., until 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.