The Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back road construction activities across Georgia and suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state routes to ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion. Starting at noon on Friday, May 24 and continuing to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, there will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway – including Interstates 75, 85, 16, 475 and 185 in West Central Georgia – or any primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.
The Department notes that some work may continue on lesser-traveled state and local system roads and that incident or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route. If motor vehicle accidents occur on any roadway, temporary lane closures may be installed until the scenes are cleared.
Both citizens and tourists are reminded to be aware of Georgia’s Move-Over Law, in which drivers must move over one lane or slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching a stationary law enforcement, emergency vehicle, construction crew or utility service vehicle utilizing traffic cones or flashing emergency lights. These include Georgia DOT’s HERO and CHAMP units.
Advisory: Before heading out for your Memorial Day weekend getaway, get real-time information on traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app, free for both Apple and Android devices.
This is a press release from GDOT.