GDOT limits Thanksgiving lane closures

To help Georgians' Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend travels, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state routes beginning at 5 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27 and extending until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

'Be reminded crews may still be working, heavy equipment may remain staged in close proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place,' said spokesperson Kimberly Larson of the regional DOT office in Thomaston.

'Additionally, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route,' she said. 'Exercise caution while traveling, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state. Leave early to get a head start on your drive, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes when possible to avoid traffic congestion.'

Motorists are also reminded when safely possible to move over one lane when passing stopped emergency vehicles. The 'Move Over' law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down and be prepared to stop when passing stopped law enforcement, emergency vehicles, wreckers and incident management vehicles with flashing lights (O.C.G.A. Section 40-6-16).

Although the first Thanksgiving commonly is traced to pilgrims in 1621 in Massachusetts, some historians contend it actually was a 1565 Spanish fete in Florida while others think the tradition began in Virginia in the early 1600s. Whichever, it certainly has grown into a national day of reckoning for Ben Franklin's 'Bird of Courage,' the turkey; more than 45 million are cooked and eaten in the United States each Thanksgiving.

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 also can transfer to operators to 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. Additionally, 511 is available online.

For more information about 511, visit For more information on Georgia DOT, visit

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