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GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is suspending construction-related lane closures for the Independence Day holiday weekend, said a spokesman for the department.

David Spear said this will occur starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, July 1, and will last until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

"For the past decade, Georgia averaged about 1,900 crashes each Fourth of July weekend, with an average of 16 deaths and another 750 injuries," added Georgia Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith, Jr.

Spear said GDOT advises motorists to be cautious while navigating the expected, heavy holiday traffic throughout the state. Crews may continue to work at close proximity to the highways, and safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to stay intact, he said.

Incident management, or emergency and maintenance-related lane closures may be necessary at any time on any route, said Spear.

"Enjoy America's many birthday festivities, but please be very careful while driving, and do not drive impaired or distracted," said Smith.

—M.J. Subiria Araúz