GAINESVILLE - With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation anticipates more travelers than usual during the holiday week. Motorists should expect congestion near malls and retail centers throughout the week.
In Northeast Georgia, high congestion areas include, but are not limited to the following areas:
· I-85 and I-985 in Gwinnett County especially at SR 20 (Mall of Georgia) and Sugarloaf Parkway (Discover Mills)
· I-85 in Jackson and Banks counties at SR 15/US 441 at the Banks Crossing Outlets
· SR 400 in Dawson County
· I-985 at SR 347 for Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights
As a reminder, Georgia DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 p.m. Friday, December 20 through 5 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Check the maps on www.georgia-navigator.com for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information. Traveler information is also available at www.511ga.org and a toll-free number for callers from outside the state, 1-877-MYGA511 (1-877-694-2511).
For those preparing to fly, 511 connects callers to airports in Atlanta and Savannah for information on parking, delays or connections to carriers. An automated voice recognition system guides the service, but callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request HERO assistance or obtain additional information.