ATLANTA, GA – To alleviate Fourth of July weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and limiting lane closures on state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers. The closures will be from noon Thursday, July 2 through 10 pm Sunday, July 5.
“As people head to holiday festivities or vacation destinations on this long weekend, we expect heavier than normal traffic,” Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock said in a press release. “By restricting lane closures, we hope drivers will encounter fewer delays and less stress.”
Safety is always a primary concern. The department reminds motorists that crews may still work in close 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.
Although Georgia welcome centers are not currently open, rest area and welcome center restrooms are open and regularly deep cleaned. However, from time to time a rest area facility may be closed temporarily for service. When stopping in public spaces, be cognizant of social distancing and public health guidelines, as well as act courteously to fellow travelers.
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 sponsored by State Farm 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. Once callers are connected to 511, pressing 9 will transfer them to an operator to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When placing these calls, it is important to provide the current location, nearest exit number and the interstate the motorist is traveling. In addition, provide the make and model of the vehicle. More information is available at www.511ga.org.