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Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be striping roads in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Striping requires rolling lane closures. Commuters should use caution when traveling through the areas where crews work.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Coweta and Henry counties:

Monday, July 21
I-75 north in Henry County
9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Tuesday)
Between mile markers 207 and 228

Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23
East Highway 34 in Coweta County
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly
Between mile markers 19 and 23

Visit dot.ga.gov for a complete list of road projects in the state.

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Newnan, Ga. – Velinda Braxton had no reason to believe her third pregnancy would be any different from her first two. In both of those pregnancies, labor had to be induced. So when Braxton woke up Thursday – just five days before her due date – with back-to-back contractions, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I said to myself, ‘hold on…something’s wrong,’” said Braxton. “The [contractions] just started coming quicker and quicker. I didn’t expect it to happen so fast because the day before, I really wasn’t contracting as much.”

Braxton called her mother who told her panicked daughter to call an ambulance. She didn’t heed that advice immediately. Instead, Braxton tried to relax but soon, her water broke. As her brother rushed over to take care of her children, an ambulance made its way to her home in Palmetto, Ga., for the 40-minute race to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Road paving, sidewalk construction begins next week

Road paving, sidewalk construction begins next week

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Road crews will begin working on big projects in Newnan next week.

Sidewalk construction is scheduled to start Monday, July 21 along four roads.

Newnan City Engineer Michael Klahr said affected roads include:

1st Avenue
South side of the street between Buchanan and Lagrange streets

Roscoe Road
South side of the street between Sherwood and Christian drives

Saint Clair Street
West side of the street between Spring and Wesley streets

East Washington Street
North side of the street between the railroad tracks and Farmer Street

Scheduled road maintenance includes milling, laying new asphalt and installing pavement markings. It will begin Monday, July 28 and includes parts of Augusta Drive, Berry Avenue, College Street, Dixon Street, Edgewood Drive, Elm Circle, Nimmons Street, Richard Allen Drive, Robert Duke Place, Standish Court and Woodlane Drive.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Gander Mountain opening Newnan store

Gander Mountain opening Newnan store

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Gander Mountain will open its fifth Georgia store in Newnan.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based sports and outdoors retailer said the new 52,000-square-foot store at 361 Newnan Crossing Bypass will open in fall. It will join existing stores in Albany and Valdosta, a recently-opened store in McDonough, and a new store in Augusta that will also open in the fall.

Gander Mountain’s newest store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Georgia, together with gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The store also will offer men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel featuring brands such as The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour, GSX, Carhartt, Guide Series and Kühl.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.