DOT Ready for Busy Christmas Travel Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is preparing for a busy couple of weeks on the state’s highways.

With Christmas falling on a Wednesday, the DOT says it is anticipating more travelers than usual during the holiday week.

To try to help accommodate the expected extra traffic, Spokesperson Teri Pope said that the Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 p.m. today all the way through 5 a.m.January 2, 2014.

“There could be maintenance lane closures if there is a crash or a sinkhole or something that needs correcting, if there is an emergency, but (there will be) no construction lane closures,” said Pope.

Pope also encouraged those driving this holiday season to pay special attention when driving around malls or large retail shopping areas.

She said the DOT expects there to be especially heavy traffic in those areas at various times over the coming days.

“Especially if you are trying to go through the area, not just go to the malls, realize there will be congestion around the malls and major shopping centers,” said Pope.

Those areas include the Mall of Georgia and the Tanger Outlets, said Pope.

Pope also said motorists traveling on Interstate 985 near Exit 8, State Route 347, should use caution and watch out for congestion related to holiday lights at LakeLanier.

For those traveling this holiday, Pope reminded Georgians to use 511 to find out the latest traffic information.

“511 is a great asset,” said Pope.  “We have an app now so you can download that and have it right on your phone.”

511 is a free call in Georgia.

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