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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

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A portion of the Terraces at Brookhaven apartment complex caught fire just after 11 a.m.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Fire crews battled an aggressive fire at The Terraces at Brookhaven apartment complex Friday morning.

Crews responded to alarms from the eight-unit apartment complex, which are located on 3500 block of Buford Highway just after 11 a.m. Four to five people suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second floor of the complex to avoid the flames.

Maintenance workers at the apartment put up a ladder so residents could escape.

Fire officials said that every unit in the building was affected.

No details for how the fire started have been released.

The American Red Cross is assisting those affected by the fire.

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.


Pedestrian hurt in one-car accident on Buford Highway

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A pedestrian was injured in a one-car accident along Buford Highway in Brookhaven on Wednesday evening.

A car, being driven by a female driver, struck a pedestrian in the 3600 block of Buford Highway and lost control, striking a power pole. The crash resulted in a power outage along Buford Highway between Briarwood Road and Clairmont Road.

The pedestrian, a 51-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital. There was no immediate word as to his condition. Officials said the driver was taken to jail.

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9 DeKalb high schools among America's Most Challenging

9 DeKalb high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Nine DeKalb County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

178. DeKalb School of the Arts
325. Chamblee Charter HS
606. Tucker HS
808. Dunwoody HS
935. Lakeside HS
1241. Druid Hills HS
1666. Southwest DeKalb HS
1687. Arabia Mountain HS
1962. Cross Keys HS

Additionally, Decatur High School, which is part of a charter system, is No. 205 on the list.

Pastor's Bible stolen stolen during car break-in

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Dr. Jason Whitener had a sinking feeling when he returned to his car Tuesday night after watching one of his son's little league baseball games at Murphy Candler Park.

The senior minister at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody found the window of his Honda Accord was smashed in, and his briefcase was gone.

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.