GA DOT: No Roadblocks to July 4th Travel


“Maybe if we blow our horns all the traffic will suddenly disappear?!”

Friends, there is hope!

Teri Pope, GA’s Department of Transportation’s Wise Woman, has announced plans that make so much sense that you’ll be inspired.


Government Speak: The DOT will restrict construction-related lane closures beginning at noon, Wednesday, July 3rd  through 5 AM on Monday, July 8th.

Which, being translated, means:  The DOT won’t shut down July 4th holiday traffic in order to construct roads which won’t be available for holiday traffic for eleventeen years.

No, this doesn’t mean there won’t be traffic delays.  There will always be morons whose only goal in life seems to be dropping extension ladders onto interstates near Lake Allatoona.

District Engineer Bayne Smith says, “We anticipate heavy traffic over the Independence holiday week. To lessen the impact on traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation has restricted construction lane closures on interstates and major state routes.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected.

  • Crews may be still be working in close proximity to highways.
  • Safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place.
  • Incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time.


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