GDOT to Suspend Construction Related Lane Closures This Weekend

August 30, 2012

To enable Georgia motorists to more easily enjoy the Labor Day weekend travel period, The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures beginning at 12:00pm, tomorrow, and lasting until 5 a.m., Tuesday, September 4th.

Georgia DOT Communications Officer Teri Pope says this is a measure that is taken every time there is a major travel holiday.

“On holidays where there is a large number of vehicular traffic, GDOT routinely suspends construction related lane closures.” said Pope, “It makes it safer when we have a large number of motorists for our workers to not be out in the road, and it also makes it safer for motorists for us to not be out in the road.”

Travelers could still come across some potential lane closures during their travel time said Pope.

“There could be lane closures due to crashes, or if emergency work comes up over the holidays. We are suspending construction lane closures, but you could come across lane closures if there is a crash, or if something happened on the roadway that would cause a lane to become closed.” said Pope.

There have been nearly 2,000 accidents across Georgia during recent Labor Day weekends, and on average, more than 15 people die and more than 900 are injured on Georgia roads each year during this holiday. That is according to Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith.

Smith urges that everyone please be very careful and do not drive distracted or while impaired.