UPDATE: GDOT AND TDOT suspends construction lane closures for Memorial Day
UPDATE: Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back construction work across northwest Georgia during the Memorial Day weekend.
Beginning at noon on Friday, May 24 and extending to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, there essentially will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.
There may be some work on lesser-traveled state and local system roads.
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As has become customary for holidays, TDOT will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 24 through 6:00 am on Tuesday, May 28.
“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the busy Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Commissioner Clay Bright. “We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible.”
Drivers could still run into some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects, such as Chattanooga's US-27 widening project. Reduced speed limits will still be in effect in work zones. If your ticketed and convicted of speeding through a work zone where workers are present, you could face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
"Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of crashes and traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long said. “We continue to see an increase in distracted driving crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. We hope that drivers will make safe choices when traveling on our roadways. State Troopers will do their best to enforce the traffic laws and keep all Tennesseans safe.”
AAA estimates nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, 3.6% more than last year. Over 863,000 Tennesseans plan to travel, with more than 752,000 driving to their Memorial Day destinations.