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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

13 kids hurt in 2-vehicle wreck in Cobb County


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Thirteen people -- mostly children -- were reported hurt in a two-vehicle wreck on Powder Springs Road near Smitha Middle School late Thursday afternoon.

The wreck happened at about 5:50 p.m., according to Cobb County Police Officer Dana Pierce. Pierce said the vehicles -- a Chevrolet Blazer and a large passenger van -- went off of the roadway and into the woods.

Pierce said 13 injuries were reported. Eight children and one adult were transported to a local hospital for treatment. According to Denell Boyd with the Cobb County Fire Department, none of the injuries were life-threatening. She says most of the kids in the van were not wearing seat belts, including one that should have been in a car seat.

Boyd said she did not have word on where the group was from or where they were going.

WellStar launches WellStar Cobb Hospital Cancer Center

WellStar launches WellStar Cobb Hospital Cancer Center

AUSTELL, Ga. -- WellStar Health System said early Thursday that through a new partnership with Radiation Oncology Services, WellStar has created the newly named WellStar Cobb Hospital Cancer Center. The center is located in Austell.

WellStar Hospital has collaborated with Radiation Oncology Services (ROS) since 1985 to care for cancer patients in need of radiation therapy, the health system said.

"Our partnership will align radiation oncology treatment and programs with the cancer resources of WellStar Health System," said J. Warner Ray, M.D., president of Radiation Oncology Services.

15 people displaced by Cobb apartment fire

15 people displaced by Cobb apartment fire

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fire caused some damage to a Cobb County apartment building Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out at around midnight at the Windwood Apartments in the 6900 block of Shenandoah Trail in Austell.

Dispatchers said about 15 people were forced out of their units by the blaze. The Red Cross was called in to assist those people.

One person was injured in the blaze and was transported to a nearby hospital. The victim's condition was not immediately known.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two shot at home on Stonecrest Drive

Two shot at home on Stonecrest Drive

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon at a home in the 4300 block of Stonecrest Drive in Cobb County.

Police were called to the scene after neighbors heard gunshots. Once there, police found two women, both of whom had been shot. One of the victims was a juvenile.

When the suspect, 43-year-old Clarence Washington, was leaving, he was stopped by police and detained. Washington was charged with two counts each of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with the intent to commit murder.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital, with one of them requiring surgery. Their names and relationships to Washington were not immediately released.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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