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Toll lanes coming to I-75, 575

Toll lanes coming to I-75, 575

ATLANTA -- Georgia is now one step closer to relieving traffic for thousands of commuters from Cobb and Cherokee County.

Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the state has been awarded a federal loan of $270 million, money to help build reversible toll lanes along stretches of I-75 and 575.

Mayor Reed said the project will make transportation to and from Atlanta "easier, more convenient. It's going to generate jobs and it's going to get families to and from the city and work."

Federal approval of the loan follows a presentation Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gave in Washington last month to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The Republican governor and Democratic mayor extolled the project's potential to ease traffic congestion and create jobs.

Gas prices ticking back up

Gas prices ticking back up

ATLANTA -- Gas prices rose in Georgia for the second week in a row as oil prices continued to climb, according to AAA Auto Club South.

The price per gallon of gasoline in Georgia now averages $3.66, compared with $3.57 a week ago, $3.58 a month ago and $2.57 a year ago.

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The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.67 a gallon -- 5 cents more than last week.

AAA Auto Club South said oil prices continued to increase last week as investor optimism about the economic recovery drove prices higher coupled with momentum from a weakened U.S. dollar. Oil prices closed Friday at $97.49 a barrel on the New York Stock Exchange -- $1.29 more than the week prior.

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Road work ahead: How to avoid it

Road work ahead: How to avoid it

ATLANTA -- All the road construction around Metro Atlanta this weekend may give you flashbacks to weekday rush hour traffic, particularly on the Perimeter near Spaghetti Junction.

Cherokee

I-575 NB at 1 mile South of Sixes Road (MP10)
7 a.m. Sat. - 5 p.m. Sun.
1 right lane - Traffic will be paced

Alternate: Exit onto Towne Lake Pkwy. (Exit 8) and turn right. Follow Towne Lake Pkwy. to S. Main St. and turn left. Follow S. Main St. across the Little River where it becomes Old Hwy. 5. Follow Old Hwy. 5 to to sixes Road and turn left. Follow Sixes Road back to I-575 Northbound.

Clayton

I-75 SB from Tara Blvd. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Fri. - 5 a.m. Sat.
2 right lanes -- Traffic will be paced

Fatal wrecks pile up over holiday weekend

Fatal wrecks pile up over holiday weekend

ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Patrol says 19 people were killed on the state's highways during the July 4 holiday period.

GSP says there were 17 deadly accidents from 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday.

The patrol says 11 people were killed in highway accidents during the July 4 holiday period a year ago.

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- Whether your weekend travels take you on the Perimeter, Interstate 75, Interstate 85 or Interstate 20, odds are good you'll run into road construction and traffic. Here's how to avoid getting caught in the mess.

Clayton

I-75 SB from Old Dixie Hwy. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Saturday
2 right lanes

Alternate: Exit onto Forest Pkwy (Exit 237) and follow Westbound to Old Dixie Hwy. and turn right. Follow Old Dixie Hwy. across I-75 where it becomes Tara Blvd. Follow Tara Blvd. to Mt Zion Road and turn left. Follow Mt Zion Road to Mt. Zion Blvd. Turn left on Mt. Zion Blvd and follow back to I-75 Southbound.

DeKalb

Weekend Traffic outlook w/ Nina Brown 6/24 - 6/26

Atlanta --  Nina Brown in the Traffic Jam Center, gives us the weekend rundown and what to expect on the major highways this weekend.

Thursday morning Traffic Jam update with Nina Brown

Atlanta --  Nina Brown from the Traffic Jam Center says to watch out for the commute on 20 to the downtown connector and an accident on Bouldercrest.

Good thing is that there is no rain in the forecast for the evening commute.

Follow Nina for up to the minute traffic conditions on Twitter @11AliveTraffic .