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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services recently purchased 60 new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras will replace 42 old ones.

Firefighter Denell Boyd said the cameras help fire crews find victims in smoky structures with little to no visibility. They also allow firefighters to discover hot spots and hidden fires behind walls and ceilings.

The new cameras use advanced technology to produce sharper and brighter images than the old ones, according to Boyd.

The fire department used 2011 SPLOST funds to pay for the cameras.

Woman killed in Austell wreck

Woman killed in Austell wreck

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A 47-year-old Mableton woman was killed in an accident within the city limits of Austell.

It happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday on C.H. James Parkway near Garrett Road.

Cobb County police said the victim, Shan Ray, was driving south toward Garrett Road when she swerved into the left turn lane and clipped the back of a container being hauled by an International tractor trailer. Investigators said the big rig was stopped in the lane and waiting to turn.

Ray was pronounced dead at the scene. The 56-year-old International driver was not hurt.

The accident is under investigation. Police do not expect to file any charges.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is looking to hire 3,000 employees for its 2015 season.

The Cobb County theme park has positions available in several areas, including food service, park services, guest relations, admissions, retail, ride operations, games, security, cash control and marketing research.

The park will hold a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 24. Those who are interested must apply online at sixflagsjobs.com no later than Friday, Jan. 16, before they can attend the fair. Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Those who are qualified will be called for off-site interviews.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The accident could have been deadly.

Cyclist Michael Held spotted them out of the corner of his eye as he rode by -- a roll of roofing nails covering the Silver Comet Trail in Powder Springs.

"They were set up across the trail, on the right side where most cyclists would be, face up," he said.

Held said his tire missed the nails by just an inch, and hitting them could have been disastrous.

"You hit that at 25 miles per hour and your front tire is going to blow," he said. "You're immediately on the tarmac, and someone could've been seriously injured."

When Held returned to remove the nails, he said it was clear that whoever put them there wanted to hurt somebody.

"It certainly wasn't an accident," he said. "They were placed there for a reason."

Held called 911, but as no one saw anyone laying down the nails, there was not much police could do.