GDOT re­stricts lane clo­sures in North­west Ge­or­gia for La­bor Day hol­i­day

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CARTERSVILLE, Ga– To ease traf­fic con­ges­tion in north­west Ge­or­gia dur­ing the La­bor Day hol­i­day week­end, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is sus­pend­ing in­ter­state highway con­struc­tion- re­lated lane clo­sures from noon Fri­day, Au­gust 31 un­til 5 a. m. Tues­day, Septem­ber 4, 2018. Lane clo­sures will also be limited on ma­jor state routes that di­rectly serve key tourist and recre­ation cen­ters.

“The only ex­cep­tion would be for emer­gency main­te­nance work in the case of traf­fic ac­ci­dents, and other un­pre­dictable types of trans­porta­tion in­ci­dents,” said Grant Wal­drop, district en­gi­neer at the Ge­or­gia DOT in Cartersville. “We un­der­stand that a lot of peo­ple are hit­ting the road for the La­bor Day hol­i­day and we would like to make it a lit­tle eas­ier for them to go through north­west Ge­or­gia,” Wal­drop ex­plained. “We usu­ally see an in­crease in road­way fa­tal­i­ties dur­ing heavy travel hol­i­days,” Wal­drop added. “We can­not overem­pha­size the need to slow down, drive alert and take every pre- cau­tion to pro­tect your­self and your pas­sen­gers.”

The Depart­ment re­minds trav­el­ers to ex­er­cise cau­tion as crews may still work in prox­im­ity to high­ways; and safety con­cerns may re­quire some long- term lane clo­sures to re­main in place. Also, in­ci­dent man­age­ment or emer­gency, main­te­nance-re­lated lane clo­sures could be­come nec­es­sary at any time on any route.

“Dur­ing heavy travel hol­i­days we typ­i­cally see an in­crease in road­way fa­tal­i­ties. Let’s make this La­bor Day week­end atyp­i­cal,” Wal­drop said. “I urge driv­ers in north­west Ge­or­gia to slow down, drive alert and elim­i­nate dis­trac­tions. Buckle up, put the cell phone away and do not drive im­paired. Fo­cus on driv­ing.”

In the event of a crash or break­down, GDOT ad­vises mo­torists to never get out of the car on a free­way, un­less your life is in im­mi­nent dan­ger. If pos­si­ble, pull off the road, turn on your haz­ard lights and stay seat- belted in the ve­hi­cle with the doors locked. For HERO as­sis­tance in metro At­lanta or CHAMP ser­vice on in­ter­states in north­west Ge­or­gia call 511, a free phone ser­vice that pro­vides real- time statewide in­for­ma­tion about Ge­or­gia’s in­ter­states and state routes, in­clud­ing traf­fic con­di­tions, in­ci­dents, lane clo­sures, and de­lays due to in­clement weather. Call­ers can trans­fer to op­er­a­tors to re­quest as­sis­tance or re­port in­ci­dents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. 511ga. org.

Ge­or­gia DOT re­minds all driv­ers of Ge­or­gia’s Hands-free Law. When driv­ers use cell phones and other elec­tronic de­vices it must be with hands- free tech­nol­ogy. It is il­le­gal for a driver to hold a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to sup­port a phone. There are many facets to the new law. For de­tails, visit https:// www. gahigh­waysafety. org/ or http:// www. headsup­ge­or­gia. com/. For in­for­ma­tion on the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, visit http:// www. dot. ga. gov. You also may like us on Face­book (https://www.face­book.com/GDOTNW) and fol­low us on Twit­ter ( https:// twit­ter. com/ GDOTNW).

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