With the excitement and potential added stress associated with the holiday season and the increased holiday traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is helping make holiday dreams come true by suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, shopping districts and tourist locations.
Lane closure restrictions are as follows:
- Christmas – no lane closures from 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 26.
- New Year’s – no lane closures from 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, January 2.
“If you plan to travel during the holidays, I urge you to drive defensively, be extra cautious and alert, and make sure to put the phone down,” said John Hancock, Georgia DOT’s State Construction Engineer. “The holiday season tends to be one of the most deadly times to travel on our roadways due to an uptick in holiday drinking and driving. If you choose to drink, find a designated driver to get you home safely.”
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. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any interstate or state route.
Georgia DOT Restricts Lane Closures for Christmas and New Year Holidays.
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