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NASCAR traffic to Talladega easier going on I-20

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have suspended road reconstruction along Georgia's Interstate 20 in Haralson and Carroll counties until 8 a.m., Monday.

The suspended work on the 11-mile stretch of I-20 is to accommodate NASCAR racing enthusiasts traveling to and from the Talladega Superspeedway.

Should Sunday's race be postponed because of weather, construction activities will not resume until 8 a.m., Tuesday, said David Spear, spokesman for the department.

This weekend, the four-lane highway will experience traffic volumes in excess of 60,000 cars daily.

Although construction will not be occurring during the weekend, Spear said the road construction will remain a work zone.

"Even if there aren't people working, it is an active work zone," he said. Those caught speeding in the work zone could still be fined double.

"Within the work zone, there are shifts in lanes that have been reduced in width because of construction.

"Traffic shifts will remain in place and heavy equipment may be staged in close proximity to travel lanes," Spear added. "Motorists should exercise extreme caution throughout the area; slow down; and leave the racing to the professionals on the track."