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More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten miles of new toll lanes are proposed for Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County. The new lanes would be constructed north of the existing I-85 Express lanes and be located entirely within Gwinnett County.

Lanes would begin on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

A public meeting and open house sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Oct. 2.

"These lanes will be designed to improve traffic flow, increase options for motorists and transit and registered vanpool customers, provide reliable trip times, create jobs and bring economic benefits to the residents of this region," the Georgia Department of Transportation says on its website.

And like existing I-85 toll lanes, the new lanes would be managed by a variable priced tolling system.

Property taxes due Oct. 1

Property taxes due Oct. 1

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It's that time of year again for Gwinnett County homeowners.

Property taxes are due Wednesday, Oct. 1. Residents have four ways of paying the tax -- online, through the mail, by drop box or in person.

Those who choose to pay online can do so at gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com. It is free to pay by check. There is a flat fee of $3.95 to pay by debit card, while credit cards have a 2.29 percent service fee.

Mailed-in payments can be sent to the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner, P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, 30046.

All tax commissioner offices have drop boxes where property tax payments can be left. Tax commissioner officers will also accept in-person payments.

For more information, call Gwinnett County at 770-822-8800.

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Fire officials want to speak with two teens spotted near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday at a structure in the 1900 block of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Crews were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors.

The single-story house was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said it was not the first fire at the location, but the building was a total loss after Saturday's event. No one was hurt.

As the house had no utilities, Rutledge said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Suwanee battery store damaged by fire


SUWANEE, Ga. -- A rack of merchandise was damaged in a fire at a Gwinnett County battery warehouse Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at around 1 a.m. at Interstate All Battery Center at 190 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said responding crews quickly got the fire under control. It was contained to an interior corner of the warehouse, where it burned several automotive batteries and charging units.

The fire department's hazardous materials team was called to the scene to decontaminate the firefighters, which is a standard precautionary measure when batteries are involved in a fire, according to Rutledge.

No one was hurt in the fire. The business was closed at the time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

Flash flood warning issued for DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flash flood warning for several metro Atlanta counties.

The warning includes northern DeKalb County, east central Fulton County and all of Gwinnett County.

It is in effect until 2 p.m. Friday.

The NWS said a thunderstorm that passed through the area caused creeks and streams to rise. Two bodies of water greatly affected by the flooding include Sweetwater Creek in Lilburn and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain.

Other locations included in the warning are Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Duluth, Dunwoody and Lawrenceville.

Residents are reminded not to drive their vehicles through areas where the water covers the road, as it may be too deep to allow cars to pass safely.