|For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2016
TENNILLE– To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, and shopping districts from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
“We expect heavy traffic as people hit the road to visit loved ones or when they take the family to Black Friday sales,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “We want to make this a happy Thanksgiving, so we are limiting construction and associated lane closures for easier and safer travel.”
The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as 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 interstate or state route.
“We typically see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays, and with traffic fatalities up again this year, drivers should slow down, drive alert and take every precaution to protect themselves and their passengers,” Hancock said. “Drivers, put down the cell phone and make sure you and your passengers buckle up. And please watch for people on foot. Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise as well.”
Traffic fatalities in Georgia and across the country continue to rise. And distracted driving and failure to wear a seatbelt are considered primary factors. Georgia DOT’s Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign implores drivers to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Buckle up – Stay off the phone – Drive alert. Visit www.dot.ga.gov/DS/SafetyOperation/DAAA. #ArriveAliveGA