Georgia Department of Transportation suspends roadwork for holidays

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 23, 2015
Atlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons

Atlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons

Wise men traveling to mangers, take note. There will be no roadwork over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Georgia Department of Transportation says.

“Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates, major state routes or roads near major shopping areas,” a press release from GDOT says. “(There will be no construction-related closures) from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 until 10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27 for the Christmas holiday and from 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 through 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 for New Year’s holiday.”

The suspension of work will continue over New Year’s Day weekend in the metro Atlanta area, where work will resume on Monday, Jan. 5, GDOT says.

“The Georgia DOT implements the restriction to offset increased holiday traffic,” the press release says. “This does not include emergency lane closures that may be necessary.”

That being said, GDOT still urges drivers to be cautious.

“We are expecting more motorists to travel through Metro Atlanta this year than years before,” Kathy Zahul, Metro Atlanta District District Engineer, said in the press release. “Unfortunately, roadway fatalities increase during heavy holiday travel. We urge motorists to slow down, put their mobile devices away, and drive alert.”

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