Ga. DOT Ready for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation is getting state highways ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that the Department is suspending construction-related lane closures for the holiday travel weekend.

“For Thanksgiving travel, Georgia DOT will suspend lane closures for construction projects beginning at noon (today) all the way through to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 1,” said Pope.  “We want to make sure road work is not occurring so you can get where you need to go safely and quickly.”

Pope said there can still be lane closures for maintenance issues related to an automobile accident, weather, or if an emergency maintenance situation arises.

Also, she said that even though road work is suspended, a lot of construction projects are going on throughout the state.

“If you are going somewhere you have not been in a while, please allow yourself extra time,” said Pope.  “Slow down.  There could be a work zone in your route.  There are still going to be barrels and equipment.  It is just that workers will not be actively working and there will be no lane closures.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages motorists traveling in Georgia to use 511.

Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather.

More information is also available online at