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Keeping roads safe for holidays

November 26, 2013
NORTH FULTON, Ga. So that drivers can easily arrive at their Thanksgiving holiday destinations, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstates and major state routes beginning at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 27, and extending until 9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1.

Heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.

Crews may still be working and heavy equipment may remain staged in close proximity to highways. Safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place.

Incident management or emergency or maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

"Historically, there are about 3,000 accidents on Georgia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period," said Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT district engineer. "On average, more than a dozen people die and a thousand more are injured. This is supposed to be a holiday for grateful contemplation and festive family gatherings, not tragedy."

Motorists can access real-time, statewide, route-specific information on accidents, road work, traffic and weather conditions through Georgia 511 a free phone service.

By dialing 511, callers can transfer to operators 24 hours a day to report incidents or request assistance.

The system can be used to access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, tourism information and 511 systems in surrounding states.

GDOT partners with sponsors for assistance in funding 511, thereby preserving tax dollars and helping sustain critical services.

For more information, visit 511ga.org or www.dot.ga.gov.

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