With Christmas Day falling on a Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation anticipates more travelers than usual this weekend as people travel to be with loved ones for the holiday.
Spokesperson Teri Pope said motorists should expect congestion near malls and retail centers throughout the weekend as the Christmas holiday draws near.
“This is a wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a distracting time of year,” Pope said. “You’re thinking about what you still have to do, not necessarily what’s going on the road around you. The GDOT reminds motorists to slow down and to give yourself plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you.”
And if you plan to be traveling weekend, the GDOT reminds motorists to exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.
Pope said one way the GDOT plans to help keep traffic flowing smoothly is to suspend road work beginning today.
“Over the Christmas Holiday we are greatly limiting lane closures,” Pope said. “there could still be emergency work done over the holidays, or if there’s a crash there could be lane closures associated with that, but our general construction lane closures will not be allowed through January 1st, New Year’s Day.”
Motorists can check maps on www.georgia-navigator.com for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free real-time traffic information.
Pope also reminds travelers that the GDOT has recently added an upgrade to their 511 system.
“There are a lot of improvements to our 511 system. We now have an App you can put into your smart phone or Blackberry where you can put your route in and it will let you know if there are any crashes or anything that might impede your travel,” she said.
To get the app, you can download from www.511.org, or iTunes or your Android store.