Connector ramp closures scheduled Sunday for Tour de Georgia

Fri, 04/20/2007 - 1:13pm
By: Michael Boylan

As Tour de Georgia cyclists race through the streets of Atlanta toward the finish Sunday, motorists on the downtown connector may need to seek alternative routes around two interstate ramps that will be closed for the event.

According to GDOT officials, the I-75/I-85 southbound ramp to North Avenue and the northbound ramp to Spring Street/West Peachtree Street will be intermittently closed from approximately 12-5 p.m.

“In order to ensure that vehicles don’t accidentally enter the race course, these ramps will need to be closed for certain periods of time,” said GDOT spokesman Mark McKinnon. “There will only be intermittent closures but motorists need to know that these ramps could be closed at any time during Sunday afternoon.”

In addition to the potential delays generated by the Tour de Georgia, there are several construction projects in and around the city that may also cause delays. On I-75 northbound from Barrett Parkway to Glade Road, the right lane will be closed all weekend for shoulder reconstruction. The Department is warning of heavy delays related to this project.

Three right lanes will be closed on I-285 westbound from Ashford Dunwoody Road to State Route 400 as work continues on the Perimeter Center Parkway project. These lane closures will be in place each weekend day from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Finally, there will also be work on I-75 northbound and southbound during the weekend from Forrest Parkway to Northside Parkway.

All work is subject to weather conditions. Should those conditions become inclement, scheduled activities may be altered or cancelled.

Georgia DOT encourages the public to access the Department’s NaviGAtor travel services at its website ( for detailed construction, lane closure and traffic incident information; and also to use the site to establish their own “My NaviGAtor” report for personalized, real-time traffic information. The public may also call the Department’s traffic and construction hotline toll free, 24 hours, seven days a week, at (404) 635-6800; or call *DOT on their Verizon or Cingular cellular phones to speak with a Transportation Management Center operator.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our website (

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