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Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

ATLANTA -- A subcommittee of local elected officials took nearly four hours Monday to hammer out a $6.1 billion list of highway and transit projects to be funded by a proposed regional sales tax.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable's Executive Committee voted unanimously for the projects just more than seven hours before a deadline required by transportation funding legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

RELATED: Full transportation project listing

The bill gave roundtables in 12 regions across Georgia until Aug. 15 to develop preliminary project lists. The final lists that will be submitted to voters in each region next year must be completed by Oct. 15.

Expect delays around Perimeter, town this weekend

Expect delays around Perimeter, town this weekend

ATLANTA -- Weekend road work could create gridlock on the top end of Interstate 285 this weekend. Here's how to get around it and other construction projects across the region.

Clayton/Fulton

I-75 NB from I-285 (Exit 238) to Cleveland Ave. (Exit 244) 
Fri. 9 p.m. - Mon. 5 a.m. 
3 right lanes

I-75 NB from I-85 (Exit 242) to University Ave. (Exit 244)
Fri. 9 p.m.  - Mon 5 a.m. 
3 right lanes

Gas prices ticking back up

Gas prices ticking back up

ATLANTA -- Gas prices rose in Georgia for the second week in a row as oil prices continued to climb, according to AAA Auto Club South.

The price per gallon of gasoline in Georgia now averages $3.66, compared with $3.57 a week ago, $3.58 a month ago and $2.57 a year ago.

RELATED: Metro Atlanta's Lowest Gas Prices

The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.67 a gallon -- 5 cents more than last week.

AAA Auto Club South said oil prices continued to increase last week as investor optimism about the economic recovery drove prices higher coupled with momentum from a weakened U.S. dollar. Oil prices closed Friday at $97.49 a barrel on the New York Stock Exchange -- $1.29 more than the week prior.

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Road work ahead: How to avoid it

Road work ahead: How to avoid it

ATLANTA -- All the road construction around Metro Atlanta this weekend may give you flashbacks to weekday rush hour traffic, particularly on the Perimeter near Spaghetti Junction.

Cherokee

I-575 NB at 1 mile South of Sixes Road (MP10)
7 a.m. Sat. - 5 p.m. Sun.
1 right lane - Traffic will be paced

Alternate: Exit onto Towne Lake Pkwy. (Exit 8) and turn right. Follow Towne Lake Pkwy. to S. Main St. and turn left. Follow S. Main St. across the Little River where it becomes Old Hwy. 5. Follow Old Hwy. 5 to to sixes Road and turn left. Follow Sixes Road back to I-575 Northbound.

Clayton

I-75 SB from Tara Blvd. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Fri. - 5 a.m. Sat.
2 right lanes -- Traffic will be paced

Fatal wrecks pile up over holiday weekend

Fatal wrecks pile up over holiday weekend

ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Patrol says 19 people were killed on the state's highways during the July 4 holiday period.

GSP says there were 17 deadly accidents from 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday.

The patrol says 11 people were killed in highway accidents during the July 4 holiday period a year ago.

Georgia's first DDI gets green light

Georgia's first DDI gets green light

ATLANTA -- The Federal Highway Administration has officially authorized construction of Georgia's first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI).

This highway improvement will provide a major gateway into the Perimeter area, one of Metro Atlanta's largest business markets, according to the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs).

"The Diverging Diamond Interchange is expected to reduce traffic delays up to a projected 25 percent when it is opened to the public in late summer 2012," said PCIDs president and CEO Yvonne Williams. "This innovation will add interchange capacity without constructing a new bridge by restriping, altering signal timing, improving turning conditions and reconstructing a ramp.

Ga.-based bus company ordered to halt operations

Ga.-based bus company ordered to halt operations

DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A federal agency has ordered a Georgia-based bus company off the road.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered H & W Tour Inc. of Doraville on Thursday to immediately cease passenger service.

The agency said it had uncovered violations it called "so widespread as to demonstrate a continuing and flagrant general disregard" for the safety of its passengers and the motoring public.

It said evidence showed the company failed to ensure that its drivers comply with federal requirements and that buses were not properly inspected, maintained or repaired as required by federal regulations.

The company did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

The Associated Press