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GDOT suspending construction-related lane closures in north Georgia over July 4 weekend

Construction-related lane closures on interstate highways will be suspended during the Independence Day holiday to ease traffic congestion on the heavily-commuted weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will not restrict lanes due to construction from noon on Friday, June 30 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. Lane closures will also be limited on state routes that “directly serve major tourist and recreation centers,” the agency announced in a news release.

“The Department reminds motorists that crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place,” said Katie Strickland, GDOT District 1 spokeswoman. “Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.”

GDOT warned motorists to slow down when they approach a work zone and to allow for extra distance between vehicles, to read signs, to obey road crew flaggers and “to expect the unexpected.”