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The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

(WXIA) -- New Year's Eve is one of the deadliest drinking holidays of the year.

This year, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is doing more to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

According to a release, law enforcement will distribute 50,000 drink coasters in some of the state's busiest bar districts. The coasters will contain a QR code to guide patrons to a directory of services that will help them get home safely if they've had too much to drink.

THe GOHS also offers a smartphone app that connects users to cab and tow companies. Check out the Drive Sober app.

Last year, the state saw 1,119 drunk driving crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Nearly 700 people were injured in those wrecks, while 20 died.

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in November.

That's down seven-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.7 percent.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor said local employers added 14,300 jobs last month in such industries as trade, transportation and warehousing; government; leisure and hospitality; and education and health care.

The number of unemployed Atlanta-are residents dropped fron 190,266, considerably down from October's 208,877 and last November's 223,686.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate at 5.1. The highest was 10.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended road construction through the beginning of 2014.

GDOT announced Thursday that construction will stop at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and resume at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Although there will be no crews on major highways, drivers should still expect heavy delays near malls and popular shopping centers as Christmas approaches.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

ATLANTA -- Crews will continue working on the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange in Atlanta this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said one lane in each direction will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Ga. 400 between I-85 and Peachtree Road. Drivers will also see delays on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

But it all depends on the weather.

"With some rain expected on Saturday, I'm not sure how much (contractors) will be able to accomplish," Pringle said in a statement.

Sweeping, bridge and utility work, and drain cleaning will occur on I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285 and I-575 throughout the weekend. All projects will be completed overnight and will result in occasional closures.

Visit dot.ga.gov for a full list of road projects in your area.

Jilted bride wins $43,000 breach of contract award

NEWNAN, GA -- More than an act of love and commitment, it's no secret that getting married is also a legal contract. But the proposal of marriage also carries legal weight.

"A breach of promise to marry has been a recognized cause of action in the law in Georgia for many years," said attorney Mark Mitchell of Newnan.

Three years ago in Coweta county, a woman named Melissa Dawn Cooper sued her former boyfriend, Christopher Ned Kelley. The suit claims that the two had "entered into a contract to marry," but that the boyfriend "breached that contract by separating from (Cooper) and carrying on sexual relations with numerous other individuals." The suit against Kelley claimed "breach of contract in failing to marry" Cooper.