Commuter Dude: DOT answers questions about rush hour interstate work

8:55 AM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Some Atlanta drivers complained to our Commuter Dude about interstate work going on at the height of rush hour.

On two occasions, Commuter Dude saw tree trimming crews hired by the DOT working along Interstate 75 near Moores Mill Road just after 8 a.m.

"We got a little behind on our tree trimming work over the summer because of so much rain and other priorities," said the DOT's Mark McKinnon. "We don't want trees and limbs in the roadway that are going to cause real problems. They're trying to get as much of it done in the shortest amount of time possible. We know cold weather is approaching."

The crews Commuter Dude observed were in the emergency lane blocking a portion of the ramp from Moores Mill onto I-75 south. Drivers were seen applying their brakes several lanes over, but traffic kept moving. Some motorists told Commuter Dude that there were days when the work caused backups on the interstate.

"We can talk to the contractor and see if they can get out on the road a little bit later," McKinnon said. "Possibly they can work in the opposite direction during rush hour. We'll work with them and try to get through this as quickly as we can."

McKinnon said the work should last another couple of weeks.

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