GA holiday travelers to expect delays, plan ahead , call 511

Press Release

THOMASTON, GA — With Christmas Day falling on a Saturday, the Georgia Department of Transportation anticipates more travelers than usual during the holiday week. Motorists should expect congestion near malls and retail centers throughout the week.

"We anticipate heavy traffic throughout the metro Atlanta area beginning Thursday around noon" said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "Mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Additionally, many travelers will be returning home over the weekend."

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

  • I-75 in both directions in Clayton and Henry counties
  • I-85 in Coweta county
  • I-75, I-16 and I-475 in Bibb county
  • I-185 and US 80 in Muscogee county

As a reminder, Georgia DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from noon Thursday, December 23 until Monday, December 27 at 5 a.m.  Incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

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.

For those preparing to fly, 511 connects callers to airports in Atlanta and Savannah for information on parking, delays or connections to carriers. An automated voice recognition system guides the service, but callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request HERO assistance or obtain additional information.

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