Georgia DOT Restricts Construction Lane Closures Next Three Weekends

| March 31, 2017

ATLANTA – Motorists traveling this weekend or the next two weekends for spring break and Easter weekend should find their trips less stressful, thanks to the restriction of construction-related lane closures statewide on interstates.

Georgia DOT will limit lane closures on interstates from noon Friday until 10 p.m. Sunday to accommodate spring break traffic this weekend. The following weekend Georgia DOT will also limit lane closures on all interstates from noon April 7 to 10 p.m. April 9.

In addition, Easter weekend Georgia DOT will limit lane closures on interstates and roads near major tourist attractions, shopping centers, malls and shopping districts from 11 p.m. April 14 to 11 p.m. April 16.

“As always, we urge motorists to exercise caution as crews may still be working in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to remain in place,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock.  “Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.”

In the event of a crash or breakdown, don’t get out of the car on an interstate unless your life is in imminent danger. Pull onto the nearest shoulder as far from the travel lanes as possible and call 511 for Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) assistance in Metro Atlanta or Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) service. CHAMP is available in various regions across the state.

In southwest Georgia, CHAMP operators are available on Interstate 75 from the Dooly/Crisp county line to Florida.

Georgia’s Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane when a law enforcement, emergency vehicle (including HERO or CHAMP) or construction crew is on the side of the road and displaying flashing emergency lights. If it is unsafe to move over, slow down below the posted speed and be prepared to stop.

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