Thankfully keeping roads open for turkey day travel, retail therapy next week

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — So that Georgians and those motorists passing through the state can easily arrive at their Thanksgiving holiday destinations, the Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstates and major state routes beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and extending until 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25.

The department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless, as 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.

Also, incident management or emergency, 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,” Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said. “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.

Please be very careful and do not drive distracted or while impaired.”