GDOT: Expect traffic delays during Memorial Day weekend

Press Release 

THOMASTON, GA —Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer travel season and the Georgia Department of Transportation is advising motorist to expect delays, plan ahead and be patient.

As a reminder, Georgia DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5a.m. Friday, May 28 until 10 p.m., Monday, May 31. 

"We anticipate a very busy travel weekend," said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "Traffic congestion on Thursday and Friday will be heavier than normal, with rush hour beginning as early as 1:00 p.m. in high-volume areas."

In West Central Georgia, those areas include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • I-85 in both directions (Coweta)
  • I-16 in Bibb County
  • I-185 in Muscogee County

The Department noted 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. 

"We hope this break in construction work will allow motorists to get to and from their holiday destinations with less congestion and less aggravation," District 3 Engineer David Millen said. "We also truly hope they will do so cautiously, courteously, and will wear their seat belts."

Check the maps on for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information.

Traveler information is also available at and a toll-free number for callers from outside the state, 1-877-MYGA511 (1-877-694-2511).

Georgia 511 provides statewide traffic conditions, route-specific information and estimated travel times within metro Atlanta. 

Additionally, 511 callers can access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, Georgia tourism information and 511 systems in neighboring states.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment.

For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation