GDOT Suspends Construction-related Lane Closures in Northwest Georgia for Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2019---10:05 A.M.

PRESS RELEASE

The Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back its construction work across northwest Georgia – suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways to ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion.  Beginning at noon on Friday, May 24 and extending to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, there essentially will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.
 
“We hope this suspension of major construction work will allow motorists to get to and from their holiday destinations with less congestion and less aggravation,” said Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the DOT office in White. “We understand that a lot of people are hitting the road for Memorial Day, the first holiday of the summer travel season, and we would like to make it a little easier for them to go through northwest Georgia”.
 
The Department notes that some work may continue on lesser-traveled state and local system roads and that incident or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route. 
 
Georgia’s Move-Over Law—aka the Spencer Pass Law—says drivers must move over one lane or slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching a stationary law enforcement, emergency vehicle, construction crew or utility service vehicle utilizing traffic cones or flashing emergency lights. These include Georgia DOT’s HERO and CHAMP units. While the fine for breaking the law can be stiff, the consequences can be far more serious.

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