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Thursday February 11th, 2016 2:17PM

DOT suspending North Ga. lane closures for Independence Day

By Katie Crumley
UNDATED - In observance of Independence Day, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending major lane closures in North Georgia beginning this weekend.

DOT spokesperson Teri Pope said they'll scale back construction projects to ease the 4th of July holiday traffic congestion, unless there's an emergency.

"If there's a crash or damage to the roadway or a sink hole or something like that then we would have to get into the road and repair that," she said.

Pope said the lane-closing construction projects will stop at 5 a.m. on Saturday and won't begin again until 5 a.m. Monday, June 9th.

She said this year's suspension of construction projects is a little bit longer than in year's past since the fourth falls on a Wednesday and travel is expected both the weekend leading up to the holiday and the weekend following it.

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