The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend several lane closures over the coming weeks to allow for reduced traffic congestion during the holidays.
Construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations will be suspended from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 until 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. Restrictions will also be in place from 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 until 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2.
While lane closures will be suspended, the DOT warns that work zone crews may still be in close proximity to highways and urges travelers to exercise caution.
“Although traffic volumes were down earlier this year due to COVID-19, unfortunately, fatalities on our roadways have been up,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock in a statement Wednesday. “I urge drivers traveling this season to watch your speed, put down your cell phones, be alert and make sure you and your passengers buckle-up.”
For up-to-date information on travel conditions from the Georgia DOT, call 511 or visit www.511ga.org.