Plan ahead to survive Summer 2016 road construction
It’s springtime in Georgia, and summer is right around the corner – the time for lazy days, for cookouts and for fun. It’s when we welcome visitors and hit the road with family and friends for outings and vacations. It’s also the season for road construction.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced plans for one of the busiest summer construction seasons Georgia has seen in years, with more than 470 active construction and maintenance projects along interstates and state routes across Georgia.
While Georgia DOT is doing its part to limit impacts to the public, motorists should prepare for longer than normal traffic delays.
“This summer’s construction and maintenance activities will ultimately save taxpayers millions of dollars. Performing maintenance now prevents major repairs later. It also results in less wear and tear on vehicles,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P. E. “We ask you to plan ahead and know before you go. By knowing what work we are doing and where we are doing it, you can minimize your travel time and your frustration.”
In Metro Atlanta, construction of the Georgia Express Lanes network continues with construction of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project that adds reversible lanes on portions of I- 75 and I- 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties; the addition of reversible, barrierseparated I- 75 South Metro Express Lanes and ITS infrastructure in Henry and Clayton counties; and 10 miles of construction to begin late this summer for the I- 85 Express Lanes Extension.
In Northwest Georgia, there is resurfacing on I- 75 in Catoosa County from US 41 to the Tennessee state line. Carroll County has concrete rehabilitation on I- 20 from SR 1/ US 27 to SR 61.
For details on these and the other major projects across Georgia, visit 511ga. org.
Here’s how you can survive summer construction:
Plan ahead. Before you get into your car – call 511 or visit 511ga. org for real- time information about statewide road conditions. There’s also a link to 511 on Georgia DOT’s homepage at dot. ga. gov.
For the statewide list of summer construction projects, visit www. dot. ga. gov. Seek commute options like carpooling, GRTA, MARTA or county transit.
Be flexible - if your employer agrees, consider telework, compressed workweek or flextime. Visit Georgia Commute Options at www. g acommuteoptions. com.
Drive Alert and Arrive Alive – always buckle up, stay off the phone and no texting, and drive alert with no distractions.
Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention, Slow Down, and Watch for Workers. Keep in mind that work zones are not always stationary. Mobile work zones include lit- ter pickup, mowing and sweeping.
Every day Georgia DOT employees work on roadways in close proximity to travel lanes. Whether they’re maintenance, construction or HEROs, it’s dangerous. Fifty- eight Georgia DOT personnel and many more motorists, passengers and contractors’ workers have been killed in work zone crashes since 1973. When you drive in a work zone, obey the rules: Pay Attention - Slow Down - Watch for Workers. It can make the difference between life and death. Visit www. dot. ga. gov/ DS/ SafetyOperation/ Workzone.