For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2016

Contact: 

Kyle Collins

District Communications

478.232.3331  

Georgia DOT suspends lane closures for Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

TENNILLE—Shoppers will get a break from lane closures to go along with the state’s suspension of the sales tax for school supplies, clothing and computer equipment.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district on interstates and major state routes from 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30 through 10 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

“The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times,” said District Engineer Jimmy Smith. “We are glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for the start of school.”

During the annual “back to school” sales tax holiday, Georgia shoppers have the opportunity to purchase certain clothing items, computers and computer accessories tax-free. More information about the 2016 Sales Tax Holiday and tax exempt items can be found on the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website at: https://dor.georgia.gov/press-releases/2016-04-27/2016-sales-tax-holidays.

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as heavy traffic is expected throughout the state; crews may still work in close proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.