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Roadwork to halt during holidays

Posted: November 22, 2017 - 2:17am

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced it will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and primary state roads from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year's, according to a news release from GDOT.

"As people visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, and shop on Black Friday, we anticipate heavy traffic," said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. "For easier and safer travel we are limiting construction and associated lane closures."

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.

Over the past two years, there has been a 33 percent increase in deaths on state roads. Georgia roadway fatalities total 1337 to date with many of these considered preventable crashes.

Over 70 percent are attributed to driver behavior including, distracted driving, impaired driving or driving too fast for conditions.

"We typically see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays," Hancock said. "I urge drivers to slow down and drive alert. Put down the cell phone and make sure you and your passengers buckle up. Let's make this a happy Thanksgiving for all."

 

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