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Woman fights to dump double fares for paratransit passengers

ATLANTA -- Harriet Bradley, caregiver for 92-year-old Mildred Mallory says enough is enough on paying double fares when traveling Gwinnett Paratransit, then switching to MARTA Mobility.

She says it an outrage that Mallory and others like her have to pay a full fare on one carrier then are forced to pay another full fare on a second carrier. Regular passengers traveling both systems pay only one fare for a fraction of the cost.

Bradley first took her fight first to the MARTA board, then to its chief executive. Now she's gone to the next level, meeting with the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

She says she wants one fare to use both services.

"Today it was $14.50 roundtrip. When the fare goes up in Gwinnett it's going to be $15.50," Bradley said. "There are about eight people that use the system every day to come into Atlanta -- that's $146! Can you imagine $146? That is more than gas."

Alpharetta intersection to get major improvements

Alpharetta intersection to get major improvements

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The intersection of Old Milton Parkway (State Route 120) and North Point Parkway in Alpharetta is about to be upgraded.

State Transportation Board member Brandon Beach announced the construction project last week.

The $1.2 million project includes several safety enhancements, such as wider turn lanes and new traffic signals.

"This project will greatly enhance the traffic flow through this very heavily traveled intersection," Beach said in a statement. "I am glad that we can get the project underway for the citizens of Alpharetta and anyone who is coming to or leaving the [North Point Mall] area."

Work on the intersection is expected to begin in late January. The scheduled completion date is Apr. 30, 2013.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Crabapple transportation open house September 27

Crabapple transportation open house September 27

MILTON, Ga. – Mark your calendar Milton residents, GDOT wants to hear from you. The Georgia Department of Transportation will be holding a public informational, in conjunction with the City of Milton, to discuss proposed transportation improvements around the Crabapple area.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, September 27 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Alpharetta’s Crabapple Government Center in Milton. Citizens are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions on the proposed changes.

The plan will be available online and written statements about this plan will be accepted until October 16; all submissions may be submitted to Transportation Engineer, City of Milton c/o Sara Leaders 1300 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107A Milton, GA 30004.

The Crabapple Government Center is located 12621 Broadwell Road in Milton.

11Alive Traffic Jam Update

11Alive Traffic Jam Update

*UPDATE* Dunwoody Accident: 285 EB at Ashford Dunwoody. Only 1 Lane Open, 4 People Transported to Hospital. Extreme Backups.

Check Navteq for the complete updates.

GDOT approves $102M in roadwork

GDOT approves $102M in roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation on Friday approved more than $102 million in 25 new transportation infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects across the state.

"These projects are spread across our state and each one makes an important improvement to the capacity, safety or general condition of our highway system," GDOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. "And just as, if not more, important, they put millions of dollars into our economy and provide jobs for Georgians."

One of the big projects is in Rome, while another involves highways in Metro Atlanta:

* In Floyd County, $42.6 million will go toward widening 5.5 miles of the West Rome Bypass from south of the Coosa River to north of State Route 20.

Weekend lane closures

Weekend lane closures

ATLANTA -- There are literally dozens of construction-related road closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

We've compiled a list of GDOT hot spots. Only potentially disruptive lane closures on major interstates and state routes are noted here. Shoulder work is not included.

For real-time traffic conditions throughout the weekend, visit 11alive.com/traffic and www.511ga.org or call 511.

Clayton

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant entrance ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Entrance ramp closed

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant HOV exit ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Exit ramp closed