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Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

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

Mowing typically only requires shoulder and median closures. However, workers will also patch asphalt on certain streets; patching involves a flagman or pilot vehicle directing cars through the work zone.

All projects will take place Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties:

Forsyth County
* Mowing alongside Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads
* Asphalt removal and repair on Buford and Browns Bridge roads

Gwinnett County
* Mowing alongside Buford Highway
* Roadside litter pickup throughout the county

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.

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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.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Buford won't take American Legion land

BUFORD, Ga. -- The American Legion has won its battle against Buford City Schools.

The district had voted to take its land by eminent domain if the veteran's group didn't agree to sell it for $1.8 million. But an appraisal done by the American Legion and later a court appointed attorney, put the value of the property at closer to $4.5 million.

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The group has used the property for events and fundraisers for nearly 66 years and vowed to fight.

Traffic shifted on Friendship Road

Traffic shifted on Friendship Road

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Drivers traveling on Friendship Road in southern Hall County will experience a slight shift Tuesday.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will divert cars to a temporary section of roadway between Williams and Dunbar roads. The shifting should be complete by 2 p.m.

The speed limit on Friendship Road is also lower than usual, due to workers completing road projects in the area.

"The speed limit on (Friendship Road) from I-985 to Spout Springs Road is now 35 miles per hour," GDOT district engineer Bayne Smith said in a release. "The speed limit was lowered because of the construction and frequent traffic shifts along this section."

Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution when traveling through the area.

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.

Possible Lake Lanier drowning victim found alive

Possible Lake Lanier drowning victim found alive

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Fire officials investigated reports of a drowning Friday evening, only to find the "victim" alive and well.

Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his department received reports that a man in his 20's swam under a dock and never resurfaced in the resort's Sunset Cove area.

Officials, including divers, looked for the possible drowning victim throughout the water park. Cagle said they searched for about an hour before handing the investigation over to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after the investigation was turned over, the subject was found alive in an area outside of Sunset Cove, Cagle said.

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