Some roadwork will be halted along interstates statewide as motorists prepare to hit the road for Labor Day weekend.
A news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation states that all interstate highway construction and related lane closures will be suspended from noon Friday until 5 a.m. Tuesday as a safety measure for motorists planning to travel over the holiday weekend.
“Labor Day weekend is the last holiday of the summer, and we expect heavy traffic statewide,” said John D. Hancock, a construction engineer with the department. “We are limiting construction and associated lane closures to make travel to Georgia’s lakes, parks and attractions easier and safer for all.”
Motorists are urged to exercise extra caution because crews still might work in proximity to state highways where some long-term lane closures are scheduled to remain in place, the news release states.
Incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could also become necessary at any time on any route, according to the news release.
In the event of a crash or breakdown, Georgia DOT advises motorists never to get out of the car on a freeway unless their life is in danger.
Motorists are urged to pull off the road if possible, turn on their hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked, the news release states.
“Let’s make this Labor Day weekend atypical,” Hancock said.
“I urge drivers to slow down, drive alert and eliminate distractions. Buckle up, put down the cellphone and do not drive impaired. Focus on driving.”
For Highway Emergency Response Operators assistance in metro Atlanta or Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenence Program service on highways in other regions, call 511.