|For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2016
TENNILLE – To ease 4th of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate and major state system highways beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, July 1 and extending until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.
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.
During the 2015 Fourth of July weekend, there were 15 traffic fatalities statewide, up from 14 in 2014. Georgia DOT urges drivers to DriveAlert ArriveAlive – to always buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving.
In the event of a crash or breakdown, pull off the road if possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Otherwise remain seat belted in the vehicle – never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger.
For information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, call 511 before getting on the road. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, including traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays. There is also a downloadable 511 Georgia app available for mobile devices.