Georgia DOT opens lanes for holiday travelers and issues advisory

Mon, 12/22/2008 - 1:24pm
By: The Citizen

For holiday travelers, Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 12 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, until 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 29.

Permanent lane closures may also be in place on I-85 in Meriwether and Coweta counties, I-75 in South Georgia and I-95 on the coast. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

Georgia DOT is also advising motorists to expect delays, plan ahead and be patient as they wrap up last minute shopping or visit friends and family during the upcoming holidays. Last year 18 people were killed on Georgia’s roads between Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

“It is always tragic to lose a loved one, but it is particularly difficult during the holidays,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Gena Evans. “We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday.”

According to West Central District Engineer Thomas Howell, traffic congestion is likely to increase leading up to Dec. 25. “With Christmas Day falling so close to a weekend we expect many families to drive to their destination which could result in heavier than usual congestion on most state routes and interstates.”

In Central Georgia, those areas include, but are not limited to the following areas:

• I-75 Southbound in Henry and Clayton counties

• I-85 North and Southbound in Meriwether, Coweta and Fulton counties

• I-75 and I-475 in Bibb County

DOT urges motorists to drive cautiously as work not requiring lane closures may continue on some projects, especially less-traveled state and local system roads and streets.

Check the maps on for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information. Traveler information is also available at and a toll-free number for callers from outside the state, 1-877-MYGA511 (1-877-694-2511).

Georgia 511 provides statewide traffic conditions, route-specific information and estimated travel times within metro Atlanta. Additionally, 511 callers can access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, Georgia tourism information and 511 systems in neighboring states.

For those preparing to fly, 511 connects callers to airports in Atlanta and Savannah for information on parking, delays or connections to carriers. An automated voice recognition system guides the service, but callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request HERO assistance or obtain additional information.

For general information on the Georgia DOT, visit the website at

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