|For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017
To Accommodate Spring Break and Easter Traffic…
ATLANTA – Motorists traveling this weekend or the next two weekends for Spring Break and Easter weekend should find their trips less stressful, thanks to statewide construction-related lane closure restrictions on Interstate Highways.
To accommodate Spring Break traffic this weekend Georgia DOT will limit lane closures on Interstate Highways throughout the state from noon Friday, March 31 until 10 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The following weekend Georgia DOT will also limit lane closures on all interstates from noon Friday, April 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 9.
In addition, Easter weekend Georgia DOT will limit lane closures on interstates and roadways near major tourist attractions, shopping centers, malls, and shopping districts from 11 p.m. Friday, April 14 to 11 p.m. Monday, April 16.
“As always, we urge motorists to exercise caution as crews may still be working in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to remain in place,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock. “Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.”
Georgia DOT advises motorists that – in the event of a crash or breakdown – to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. Pull onto the nearest shoulder as far from the travel lanes as possible and call 511 for HERO assistance in Metro Atlanta or CHAMP service, available in various regions across Georgia.
Georgia’s Move-over Law requires drivers to move-over one lane when a law enforcement, emergency vehicle (including HERO or CHAMP) or construction crew is on the side of the road and displaying flashing emergency lights. If it is unsafe to move over, then slow down below the posted speed.
Construction work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most victims in work zones crashes are drivers or passengers. In work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers. Work zone safety is in your hands. Visit www.dot.ga.gov. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/gadeptoftrans).