Georgia DOT Suspends Lane Closures During Thanksgiving Holiday

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To allow for anticipated increase in holiday traffic, Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced the suspension of lane closures on Georgia interstates and state routes beginning Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27. These statewide lane closure restrictions will help to reduce traffic congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday. Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year’s.

While construction related lane closures will be suspended, the department reminds travelers to exercise caution as crews may still work near highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. In addition, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

Based on historical travel volume data, Georgia DOT is anticipating an increase in congestion on metro Atlanta interstates beginning the afternoon of Monday, November 21 and are expected to continue to be heavier than usual through Wednesday evening.

If you do need to travel this holiday, please keep in mind the following Thanksgiving travel forecast for I-75 in metro Atlanta: 

  • Moderate traffic on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, prior to typical Thanksgiving travel days
  • Heaviest traffic and congestion on Wednesday, November 23 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Light traffic Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25
  • Moderate traffic expected to return Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 as people make their way back home

Additionally, historical Thanksgiving travel data from 2021 for I-75 outside of metro Atlanta have shown the following trends starting from the afternoon of Wednesday, November 23, 2022 to early evening of Sunday, November 27, 2022:  

  • I-75 is predicted to have heavy congestion southbound and northbound coming out of Atlanta in Stockbridge. 

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