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Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

ATLANTA -- Crews will continue working on the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange in Atlanta this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said one lane in each direction will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Ga. 400 between I-85 and Peachtree Road. Drivers will also see delays on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

But it all depends on the weather.

"With some rain expected on Saturday, I'm not sure how much (contractors) will be able to accomplish," Pringle said in a statement.

Sweeping, bridge and utility work, and drain cleaning will occur on I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285 and I-575 throughout the weekend. All projects will be completed overnight and will result in occasional closures.

Visit dot.ga.gov for a full list of road projects in your area.

Kohl's stores open round the clock from 12/20 to Christmas Eve

(WXIA) -- Kohl's Department Stores announced Thursday that the for the first time, the chain's stores will stay open for more than 100 hours straight, from Friday, Dec. 20 through Christmas Eve.

"The holiday season is an eventful time for families, and Kohl's is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last- minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl's stores right up to Christmas Eve," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief customer officer. "Not only does Kohl's have the hottest gifts at incredible prices, now shoppers will have the added benefit of being able to check off their lists, day or night, whenever it is most convenient for them."

The company's stores plan to open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and remain open non-stop through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Kohl's has 27 stores in metro Atlanta.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Football Poll

ATLANTA -- The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Football Poll is here in time for the semifinals of the state football playoffs. Only two weeks to go, and the name at the top stays the same.

Buford leads the way again this week, with North Gwinnett next after a big win over Hillgrove. Griffin rises from 7 to 3 this week. Norcross climbs from 6 to 4, and Carrollton completes the top 5.

Collins Hill is 6, Sandy Creek is 7, while Creekside is up from 11 to 8. Gainesville and Hillgrove round out the top 10.

Tucker moves from 15 to 12, Kell goes from 21 to 15, and Marist climbs from 22 to 19.

Callaway is new in our poll this week at 22. The Cavaliers are 12-1 and will face Buford this Friday night.

Marietta returns at 25 this week, while Greater Atlanta Christian and Woodward Academy fall out of the Super 25.

Teen killed in dirt bike accident ID'd

LILBURN, Ga. -- Police have identified the teenager killed in a dirt bike accident in Gwinnett County last week.

The victim, 15-year-old Austin "AJ" Zwigart, was killed Nov. 27 while trying to cross a creek near Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn.

Lilburn police spokesperson Nikki Perry said Zwigart and a cousin were riding dirt bikes on private land when the victim drove into the small creek. The water was about 10 feet across and the creek's banks were roughly 3 feet high, Perry said.

Zwigart's bike hit one of the banks and flipped. The teen was thrown from the vehicle.

The victim's cousin called 911. Responding fire personnel pronounced Zwigart dead at the scene, Perry said.

No charges will be filed in Zwigart's death. Perry said the teen lived in Valencia, Pa., north of Pittsburgh.

Atlanta unemployment jumps to 7.7 percent

Atlanta unemployment jumps to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 7.7 percent in October, up from 7.4 percent in September.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the reason for the increase is twofold: the number of layoffs increased, as did the number of unemployed residents.

Despite the unemployment numbers, metro Atlanta added roughly 2.4 million jobs in October, mostly in trade and transportation; education and health care; government; manufacturing; and financial services.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in October, at 5.8 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.9 percent.



(WXIA) -- From the mountains through the metro and down to LaGrange, snow flurries fluttered across north Georgia Wednesday morning.

11Alive received a number of snow pictures from viewers. Send yours to photos@11Alive.com or upload them to our photo gallery.

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, be sure to check airport wait times and look out for flight delays before you leave the house.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."