Another Long Island Drive weekend detour and closure scheduled

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation scheduled another closure and detour for Long Island Drive starting on May 31. (Provided by GDOT)

Motorists should prepare for another Long Island Drive closure and detour beginning Friday, May 31, weather permitting.

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) contractors will implement the closure and detour under Interstate 285 to install overpass bridge foundations. The detour was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and continue through 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

A signed detour will use Mt. Vernon Highway, Lake Forrest Drive, and Burdette Road. Once the detour is complete, motorists should expect temporary flagging operations as needed until all bridge operations are complete.

Long Island Drive Detour

  •  Motorists traveling northeast on Mount Vernon Highway to Long Island Drive should merge onto Hammond Dr. and take a right onto Lake Forrest Drive.
  • Motorists traveling north on Long Island Drive to Mount Vernon Highway should take Burdette Road to Lake Forrest Drive.
  • Motorists traveling to Springmont School should access the school from the south to the north. There will be no north-to-south access during this detour.
  • Motorists should utilize the side streets of Mount Vernon Highway and Lake Forrest Drive to access areas around Long Island Drive.

The Mt. Vernon Highway bridge replacement is part of a larger project, the I-285 Westbound Auxiliary Lane Extension, that adds a lane on I-285 westbound from Roswell Road to Riverside Drive in Fulton County.

For more project information, visit the project website at

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Rough Draft Atlanta and Reporter Newspapers.

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