GDOT restricts lane closures for July 4 weekend

COVINGTON — For travelers planning to hit the road during July 4th weekend, road construction will be one less burden throughout the state of Georgia.

The state Department of Transportation has decided to restrict lane closures related to construction on interstates and major federal or state highways starting at noon Thursday until 5 a.m. July 7. This means those traveling by the bridge repair project on Alcovy Road along Interstate 20 mile markers 92-95 won’t run into delays caused by lane closures.

Georgia DOT reminds motorists to proceed with caution since crews may still be working near the road and heavy equipment remains staged in the project area.

“Exercise caution while traveling, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state,” GDOT communication manager Cissy McNure said. “Leave early to get a head start on your drive, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes when possible to avoid traffic congestion.”

Travelers can call 511 for updated information about construction projects on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather.

But while travelers won’t come across any lane closures, they could see a big hit at the gas stations.

According to AAA – the Auto Club Group, motorists in Georgia saw an average of $3.34 per gallon last year during the Independence Day weekend. This year, travelers should be prepared to spend about 20 cents more per gallon.

“Motorists are likely to pay more for gasoline this year due to the market concern about a supply disruption in Iraq,” AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said. “The price of oil slipped so motorists should begin to see some relief; however, the discount only may be a nickel.”

Jenkins said he doesn’t expect the prices to keep people from traveling during the holiday weekend because most plans have already been finalized.

“If anything people will cut back the costs in shopping, dining out or entertainment because of the plans they’ve already made to travel,” Jenkins said.