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Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Watch out for road crews this week

Watch out for road crews this week

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform roadwork this week on highways in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties.

Workers will be on the roads Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Mowing will take place along Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads in Forsyth County. Shoulders will be closed for crews.

One lane of Browns Bridge Road is also expected to close so workers can repair rutting that developed at the edge of the pavement.

Mowers will be along Buford Highway in Buford, and workers will pick up trash next to roads throughout Gwinnett County.

On Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, one lane will close for a crew to repair a drainage structure.

More mowing is expected to take place along Old Cornelia Highway and Clarks Bridge Road in Hall County.

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right 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.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Gwinnett County, the rate was 6.5 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

7 children burned at railway museum in Duluth


DULUTH, Ga. – Seven children were burned in an accident at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Tuesday, fire officials say.

According to Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Fire Department, the children, aged 4 to 11, suffered first- and second-degree burns when hot embers blew from the train's stack and landed on them. The burns were said to be small. Some children had one burn spots, while others had two.

The children, who were visiting the museum on a field trip from a local daycare group, were not transported to the hospital.

The museum issued a statement saying,

Murder result of war between two rap groups


DULUTH, Ga -- Police are hoping video of a random shooting at a Gwinnett County hotel will help end a violent war between two rap groups. The shooting happened on June 11 at the Quality Inn near Gwinnett Place Mall.

Police said two men walked up to the party outside one of the hotel rooms and opened fire.

"When they came to the party, they brandished firearms and they began to shoot into the crowd of 30 to 40 people, just aimlessly," said Gwinnett County Police Investigator Deon Washington.

Paris Brown, 23, who was at the party was shot and killed. Police said Brown was a fan of the rap group Migos, who was hosting the party at the hotel.

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.