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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Investigators: Not clear what caused plane crash

Investigators: Not clear what caused plane crash

SENOIA, Ga. -- Federal investigators say it could be a year before they learn what caused a plane to crash shortly after taking off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

The Cessna 150, carrying two men, was trying to make an emergency landing in a wooded area off Hwy 85 near the Fayette-Coweta County line shortly after taking off.

The two men -- pilot Albert Edward Ensell and passenger Charles Kephart, both 57 -- died as a result of the crash.

Federal crash investigators returned to the scene in Coweta County shortly before noon on Sunday.

City Hall, library closed after fire

City Hall, library closed after fire

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City's City Hall and library will be closed Monday morning following an electrical fire nearby.

Crews closed Willowbend Road between Hip Pocket Road and Highway 54 as they work to make repairs after Sunday's fire.

City Hall and the library could open as early as noon Monday. Other city facilities are open all day, but may not have Internet and telephone access.

2 killed after plane crashes in Coweta County

2 killed after plane crashes in Coweta County

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Two people were killed after a small plane crashed in Coweta County Saturday night.

The plane, a Cessna 150, crashed in Senoia near the intersection of Highway 85 and Highway 74. It took off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City early Saturday and was headed toward Eagle Neck Airport in Shellman Bluff, Georgia. Two men died in the crash, 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell reports.

When the plane did not arrive, the family alerted authorities. Coweta County notified the FAA at around 8 p.m. Saturday that the crash was discovered and cordoned off.

The appeared to have attempted an emergency landing.

The FAA and NTSB will begin the investigation into the cause of the crash Sunday morning.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Fayette official: We'll try out driverless car

Fayette official: We'll try out driverless car

FAYETTE COUNTY, GA – A new survey shows three out of four Americans wouldn't mind having a driverless or autonomous car.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown wants a lot of them.

"We've had auto pilot airplanes forever and we knew eventually it was going to come to cars," Brown told 11Alive News on Monday.

With his hands firmly on the wheel of his car, Brown said he believes driverless cars will soon be a reality on America's roads and he wants to steer them to his area.

Unlike more crowded parts of metro Atlanta, Brown believes Fayette County has just the right mix of state highways, neighborhoods and back roads to host the nation's first major test program.

"If you're going to test a vehicle, one thing you need is a lot of movement, a lot of test driving; we would have that," he said.