Georgia DOT Suspending Lane Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 21, 2012

So that Georgians and those motorists passing through our state can easily arrive at their Thanksgiving holiday destinations, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstates and major state routes beginning today at noon, and extending until 9 p.m., Sunday, November 25.

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.

Crews may still be working and heavy equipment may remain staged in close proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place.

Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

According to Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said, “Historically, there are about 3,000 accidents on Georgia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period.”

On average, more than a dozen people die and a thousand more are injured.  This is supposed to be a holiday for grateful contemplation and festive family gatherings, not tragedy.  Please be very careful and do not drive distracted or while impaired.