Construction suspended for holiday weekend

By Justin Boron

Drivers may not be able to beat the holiday traffic. But at least it won't be state construction that's holding them back.

During the holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation is temporarily calling it quits on all of its construction and maintenance projects statewide.

Karlene Barron, a spokeswoman for the department, said transportation officials understood it would be a high-travel weekend. But the construction normally ceases on holidays anyway.

Earlier this summer, the transportation department announced that the season would be one of the heaviest construction periods ever.

In the Clayton and Henry County area, the Hudson Bridge widening construction in Stockbridge and the Jonesboro Road construction around McDonough will be affected by the work suspension.

Work mostly concluded by mid-day Friday. It will not resume until Tuesday.Barron said any construction that does occur over the long weekend would be in case of an emergency.

The state transportation department is still advising motorists to exercise caution in what is expected to be heavy traffic across Georgia, particularly so in construction areas, where narrowed or shifted lanes may remain in place and heavy equipment staged.