Another busy holiday weekend is fast approaching and to make traveling easier on Georgia roads and highways, lane closures throughout the state will be lifted.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is suspending construction-related lane closures beginning Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5 a.m.
The Labor Day weekend, regarded by some as the end of summer, typically is a busy one. With that in mind travelers are urged to exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state. Also, road crews may be still be working in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place. Additionally, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route, according to a statement by the GA DOT.
“We’ve averaged nearly 2,000 accidents across our state during recent Labor Day weekends,” said Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith in a news release. “On average, more than 15 people die and more than 900 are injured on Georgia roads each year during this holiday. It should be a time of rest and festivities dedicated to working men and women, not of tragedy and grief. Please be very careful and do not drive distracted or while impaired.”