GAINESVILLE, Ga.,-To ease 4th of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate Highways from noon on Friday, June 30 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. Lane closures will also be limited on state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.
Safety is always a primary concern. The Department reminds motorists that 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 route. Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra distance between vehicles; read signs; obey road crew flaggers; and expect the unexpected. Work zone safety is in your hands.
Georgia DOT urges drivers to Drive Alert Arrive Alive – to always buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving.
In the event of a crash or breakdown, GDOT advises motorists to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. If possible, pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked.
For HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of Georgia call 511, a free phone service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.