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Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

(WXIA) -- Crews will continue working on the usual road projects this weekend -- as long as the weather cooperates.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is also warning drivers of heavier traffic than normal, due to school systems beginning their spring breaks.

"We apologize for the delays, and there will be big delays," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We understand that this is a spring break for some folks, but so are the next three or four weekends."

Weekend work begins at 10 p.m. Friday on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange. Four left lanes of I-85 south from a half-mile north of Clairmont Road to North Druid Hills Road will be closed between midnight and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday.

Pringle said all lanes will reopen Monday at 5 a.m. The closures are due to overhead sign replacements.

Woman charged in fatal I-85 wreck


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman has been arrested after a fatal accident that tied up traffic on Interstate 85 for hours Thursday morning.

Maria Catalina Zelaya Torres, 44, of Norcross has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license. She is in the Gwinnett County Jail on an immigration hold.

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The wreck happened shortly after 7 a.m. on northbound I-85 at Steve Reynolds Boulevard in unincorporated Duluth.

Investigators receive new tip in Justin Gaines case


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities say there have been new developments in the case of Justin Gaines.

Gaines was last seen leaving Wild Bill's in Duluth on Nov. 2, 2007. Since then, it's been a vexing and heart-wrenching mystery for his family. There have been numerous leads over the years that the police and the family's private detective have run down to no avail.

On Thursday, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office say a tip led them to search a spot in Dacula, but they didn't find anything.

Even if the latest search ends in disappointment, Justin's parents say they will never stop looking for their son.

"If we don't keep it out there and find closure, I feel like I'm going to fail my son," said Erika Wilson, Justin's mother. "I'm not going to do that. We're going to find closure; we're going to find out what happened and go from there. I'm not going to fail Justin."

GDOL hosts job expo for veterans


ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor and the Aviation Institute of Maintenance team up to host a job expo for veterans and others looking for employment in Gwinnett County at the Aviation Institute located at 2025 Satellite Point in Duluth on April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All veterans and their family, active duty personnel, military retirees, National Guard, U.S. reserve units and others are welcome to attend the expo .Fifty employers will be featured and they are seeking qualified candidates to fill their open positions,

Participating employers include:

Unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

Unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in February.

That's down from 7.1 percent in January and 8.4 percent in February 2013.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the decrease was due to fewer layoffs. However, the area still lost nearly 2,000 seasonal jobs last month.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.7 percent.