In an effort to alleviate Fourth of July holiday traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will suspend construction-related lane closures on interstate highways starting Thursday, July 2.
Additionally, GDOT will limit lane closures on state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation center.
The holiday schedule will be in place from noon Thursday, July 2 through 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5.
"As people head to holiday festivities or vacation destinations on this long weekend, we expect heavier than normal traffic,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock. “By restricting lane closures, we hope drivers will encounter fewer delays and less stress.”
Hancock said crews may still work in close proximity to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.
Although Georgia welcome centers are not currently open, rest area and welcome center restrooms are open and deep cleaned on a regular basis. However, from time to time, a rest area facility may be closed temporarily for service. When stopping in public spaces, travelers should be cognizant of social distancing and public health guidelines, as well as act courteously to fellow travelers.