Georgia DOT Suspends Lane Closures for Winter Holiday Travel

Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations for the New Year’s holiday from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, according to a press release.

The statewide lane restrictions allow motorists work-zone free travel and reduced traffic congestion during the winter holidays.

While lane closures will be suspended, the department encourages travelers to exercise caution as work zone crews may still be in close proximity to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. In addition, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

To help ensure this season of joy is not marred by tragedy, Georgia DOT advises holiday revelers to avoid drinking and driving during the party season. Please designate a sober driver in advance or utilize a ride-share or taxi service.

Motorists are also reminded to drive defensively and exercise extra caution during the season. Slow down and “Drive Alert Arrive Alive.” Put down the cell phone and make sure you and your passengers buckle up. Always maintain a proper speed that is safe for current roadway conditions. As temperatures drop, any amount of precipitation can freeze and create a hazardous road condition.