Use Caution on Highways Over Memorial Day Weekend
The Georgia Department of Transportation is getting ready for a busy Memorial Day travel weekend.
According to the DOT, there will be no construction-related lane closures on Georgia interstates and primary state routes beginning at noon today and extending through 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that Memorial Day marks the start of the summer travel season.
“We also see a very high traffic volume on our interstates and state routes as people are trying to get somewhere more fun,” said Pope.
Pope cautioned that emergency lane closures could become necessary on any route.
She said that even though crews will not be working, motorists should use caution when heading out.
“There is construction work out there but you will not have lane closures,” said Pope. “We want you to be very careful because things may have changed since a year ago when you went to Savannah or Jekyll Island.”
For travelers hitting the road this weekend, Pope urged them to use 511.
She said it remains a free phone call from anywhere in Georgia.
People can also download a 511 app for cell phones or go online to www.511ga.org.
Meanwhile, law enforcement throughout the state is also getting ready for the Memorial Day travel weekend.
Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough said troopers will conduct road checks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state this weekend.
Authorities reminded travelers to buckle up, obey speed limits, and not drink and drive.
Last year, Georgia saw 16 traffic fatalities during the Memorial Day travel weekend and troopers reported that speed, impaired drivers, and not wearing seat belts are leading contributing factors in a majority of fatal traffic crashes.