TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation can’t help you land the perfect parking spot at your favorite shopping locale, but we can make it easier for you to get there by restricting construction lane closures on roads near major shopping centers, malls or districts during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, through 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, on interstates, major state routes or roads near major shopping areas. Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year’s.
Like watching televised Thanksgiving Day parades and football, minimizing lane closures for projects under construction is a Georgia DOT holiday tradition. The restriction is implemented to offset increased holiday traffic. This does not include emergency lane closures that may be necessary.
Crews may still be working near highways and some long-term lane closures may remain in place for safety reasons. Drive cautiously, pay attention to speed limit and other road signs and allow extra travel time for congested highways.
If you’re planning on heading north to the metro Atlanta area, remember that real-time traffic information is available by calling 511, using the “Georgia 511” mobile app or logging on to www.511ga.org. An automated voice recognition system guides the phone service, but callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operators) assistance or obtain additional information. HERO assistance is available only in the metro Atlanta area.
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