By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa
The Georgia Department of Transportation is getting ready for a busy Memorial Day travel weekend.
According to the DOT, there will be no construction-related lane closures on Georgia interstates and primary state routes beginning at noon today and extending through 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Georgia DOT spokesperson Teri Pope says that Memorial Day marks the start of the summer travel season.
“It is also a very high traffic volume on our interstates and major state routes, as people are trying to get to somewhere more fun, whether it is for a couple of hours, for the day, or much much longer”, explains Pope.
Pope cautions that emergency lane closures could become necessary on any route.
She says that even though crews will not be working, motorists should use caution when heading out.
“We want you to know that there is construction work out there, so you are going to see barrels, equipment, and you may even have uneven payment, but you aren’t going to have lane closures”, explained Pope. “We still want to caution you to be very careful because things may have changed since the last time you traveled.”
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are also getting ready for the Memorial Day travel weekend.
Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough says troopers will conduct road checks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state this weekend.
Authorities remind travelers to buckle up, obey speed limits, and not drink and drive.
Last year, Georgia saw 16 traffic fatalities during the Memorial Day travel weekend and troopers report that speed, impaired drivers, and not wearing seat belts are leading contributing factors in a majority of fatal traffic crashes.