ATLANTA – In an effort to ease potential traffic congestion on Memorial Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures.
The lane closures will be suspended starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, and will run through 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 on interstate highways and state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.
“Travel over the long holiday weekend has the potential for higher traffic volumes as families plan trips closer to home due to various ongoing travel restrictions across the country,” said John Hancock, GDOT state construction engineer, in a release. “Motorists may be taking to the roads in higher volumes than have been seen in recent weeks to explore travel destinations in our own state.”
Hancock reminded motorists that road crews may still work near highways and along roadway shoulders, and some safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to remain in place.
“Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route,” Hancock said in a release.
One notable exception is at Ga. Highway 400 southbound to Interstate 285 Eastbound. That construction-related road closure is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The closure is to set beams for a bridge. Impacted lanes will also include the Ga. Highway 400 northbound lanes and the I-285 eastbound ramp to Ga. 400 northbound. A detour is being implemented to Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
In addition, the restrooms at the state’s welcome centers, as well as the state’s rest areas, are open, operational and routinely deep-cleaned throughout the day. Other facilities at the state’s welcome centers are closed for services due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The public is urged to use continued caution when visiting public spaces, practice social distancing and follow the public health guidelines set forth by state and local agencies, as well as act courteously to fellow travelers.