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Officials warn of holiday
traffic delays

The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning motorists to prepare for possible delays this afternoon as the Fourth of July travel weekend gets under way.

"Although the Fourth of July holiday is, overall, a lighter travel weekend compared to Memorial Day, or Thanksgiving, traffic congestion on Thursday could begin as early as 1 p.m., in high-volume areas," Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance Smith said in a statement.

Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, a spokesperson for the department, said that Thursdays prior to holiday weekends typically have heavier rush hours because many workers take Friday off to get on the road and begin the weekend early.

Traffic on Georgia roadways Friday is expected to be lighter than usual, because most federal and state agencies will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday, transportation officials said.

The transportation department is warning of possible congestion along Interstate 75 southbound in Clayton and Henry counties, and on the downtown connector.

The department said it is suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 12 p.m., today, until Monday at 5 a.m.

- Maria Jose Subiria