(WTVM) - The Georgia Department of Transportation is restricting construction-related lane closures beginning at noon Thursday, July 3 and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, July 7 so that motorists can better enjoy the Fourth of July holiday.
"We anticipate heavy traffic over the Independence holiday week," stated Thomas Howell, GDOT District 3 Engineer. "To lessen the impact on traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation has restricted lane closures (except in emergency situations) on interstates and major state routes."
The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state; crews may be still be working 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.
Motorists can access real-time, statewide, route-specific information on accidents, road work, traffic and weather conditions through Georgia 511 - a free phone service. By dialing 511, callers also can transfer to operators 24 hours a day to report incidents or request assistance. The system can be used to access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, tourism information and 511 systems in surrounding states.
Additionally, 511 is available online. Georgia DOT partners with sponsors for assistance in funding 511, thereby preserving tax dollars and helping sustain critical services. For more information about 511, visit 511ga.org.
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.