ATLANTA – To ease Labor Day weekend traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes from noon on Friday, September 4 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8.
“Labor Day weekend is the last holiday of the summer and we expect heavy traffic on our roads. We want to make travel to Georgia’s lakes, parks and attractions easier and safer for all,” said GDOT State Construction Engineer Marc Mastronardi. “Traffic fatalities have increased this year in comparison to last year. We encourage the public to Drive Alert and Arrive Alive. Take
responsibility for yourself and your passengers. Make sure you buckle up, put down the cell phone and do not drive distracted or impaired. Just focus on driving.”
The Department reminds travelers that crews may still be working in proximity to highways and state routes; and safety concerns may require some 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.
“We typically see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays,” Mastronardi added. “We cannot overemphasize the need to slow down, drive alert and take every pre-caution
to protect yourself and your passengers.”
Georgia DOT also advises motorists that – in the event of a crash or breakdown – to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. Pull onto the nearest shoulder as far from the travel lanes as possible and call 511 for HERO assistance in Metro Atlanta, or 911 for medical emergency service anywhere in Georgia.
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