What gives with today’s lousy Ga. 400 commute?

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June 12, 2015 Atlanta: The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open five new flex shoulder lanes on GA 400 Monday morning. The new northbound flex shoulder lanes will begin at Abernathy Road to the MARTA North Springs Station; MARTA North Springs Station to Northridge Road; and SR 120/Old Milton Parkway to Windward Parkway. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

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.

June 12, 2015 Atlanta:  The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open five new flex shoulder lanes on GA 400 Monday morning.  The new  northbound flex shoulder lanes will begin at Abernathy Road to the MARTA North Springs Station; MARTA North Springs Station to Northridge Road; and SR 120/Old Milton Parkway to Windward Parkway.  BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

June 12, 2015 Atlanta: The Georgia Department of Transportation opened five new flex shoulder lanes on GA 400. The new northbound flex shoulder lanes will begin at Abernathy Road to the MARTA North Springs Station; MARTA North Springs Station to Northridge Road; and SR 120/Old Milton Parkway to Windward Parkway. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

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.


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