Georgia DOT suspends lane closures during Holidays
From Special Reports
As most folks know around these parts, holiday traffic through Atlanta and the state of Georgia during the holidays can be challenging.
To ease the stresses of the holiday season, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has announced the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 for the Christmas holiday. Restrictions are also in place for the New Year’s holiday from 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.
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. Please 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. Slow down and “Drive Alert, Arrive Alive.” Always maintain a moderate speed that is safe for current roadway conditions. Remember, as temperatures drop, any amount of precipitation can freeze and create a hazardous road condition. Should inclement weather occur during the season, Georgia DOT is ready to treat the roads with brine, gravel and salt. View winter weather tips and information.
For up-to-date information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511ga.org before heading out. *511 is a free service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, including traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can also transfer to operators to request HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of the state.
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