The new flex shoulder lanes on Ga. 400 are supposed to be a godsend, but a hiccup in roadwork caused devilishly long traffic delays this morning.
The electronic controls broke down on a machine that mills the road while crews worked near the MARTA North Springs Station, causing traffic headed southbound to stack up as far back as Northridge Road. Milling involves the scraping off of the top layer of pavement so a new layer can be added.
Georgia Department of Transportation workers began working on the lane at 7 p.m. Monday. They planned to wrap up by 5 a.m. Tuesday, said GDOT spokeswoman Annalysce Baker-Wilson.
However, the workers were forced to keep the shoulder lane and an adjacent lane closed while they fixed the mechanical issue. Then, crews had to wait on an asphalt delivery truck that got stuck in traffic resulting from a wreck at I-285 and I-85 around 6:40 a.m.
During the day today until 7 p.m., all the general purpose travel lanes remain open. After 7 p.m., road work will resume and one general purpose lane will be temporarily closed.
The work should be completed this evening, so tomorrow morning’s rush hour will not be impacted, said Baker-Wilson.
Five miles of new flex shoulder lanes opened on Ga. 400 on June 15. Motorists can use the lanes from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.