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Georgia Department of Transportation suspends lane closures

ATLANTA – To ease the stresses of the holiday season the Georgia Department of Transportation announced this week the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations from 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. Restrictions are also in place for the New Year’s holiday from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. The statewide lane restrictions allow motorists work-zone free travel and reduced traffic congestion during the winter holidays.

“We anticipate heavy traffic throughout Georgia as people visit family and friends, shop and attend holiday events. In order to provide a safe and less congested roadway, we are limiting construction-related lane closures,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. 

While lane closures will be suspended, the department encourages travelers to exercise caution as work zone crews may still be in close proximity to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. In addition, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

To help ensure this season of joy is not marred by tragedy, Georgia DOT advises holiday revelers to avoid drinking and driving during the party season. The department asks that everyone designate a sober driver in advance or utilize a ride-share or taxi service. 

Motorists are also reminded to drive defensively, and exercise extra caution during the season. Put down the cell phone and make sure both the driver and the passengers buckle up. Always maintain a proper speed that is safe for current roadway conditions.