2017-11-23 / News

DOT will suspend construction lane closures for holiday

Thanksgiving holiday travel should be carefree, as the Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstate high­ways and primary state roads from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 through 5 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27.

Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year's.

“As people visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holi­day, and shop on Black Friday, we anticipate heavy traffic,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “For easier and safer travel we are lim­iting construction and associated lane closures.”

The Department reminds trav­elers to exercise caution as crews may still work in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane clo­sures to remain in place.

Over the past two years, there has been a 33 percent increase in deaths on state roads. Georgia roadway fatalities total 1337 to date with many of these considered preventable crashes. Over 70 per­cent are attributed to driver behav­ior including, distracted driving, impaired driving or driving too fast for conditions.

“We typically see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays,” Hancock said. “I urge drivers to slow down and drive alert. Put down the cell phone and make sure you and your pas­sengers buckle up. Let’s make this a happy Thanksgiving for all.”

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