DOT: Road work being stopped for sales tax holiday shopping

The state plans to halt scheduled road construction to make room for shoppers who are taking advantage of the sales tax holiday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it is suspending construction-related lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district on all interstates and major state roads, starting 8 a.m. Friday and ending at 10 p.m. Saturday.

That coincides with the state’s sales tax holiday on clothes, school supplies and some computer equipment.

“The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. “The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school.”

The annual “back to school” sales tax holiday allows for the tax-free purchase of certain clothing items, school supplies and computers and computer accessories.

More information on the 2013 Sales Tax Holiday and tax exempt items can be found on the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website.

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