No DOT Roadblocks to Labor Day Travel

zombies ahead“Hi! We’re from the government and we’re here to help you!”

Frightening words, indeed, unless they’re from our friends at GA’s Department of Transportation (DOT).

Bayne Smith, DOT district engineer serving Northeast Georgia said, “We understand that a lot of people are hitting the road for the Labor Day holiday and we would like to make it a little easier.”

All scheduled and ongoing construction and maintenance lane closures near Lake Lanier and in Northeast Georgia will be suspended for the long Labor Day weekend.

No lane closures will be scheduled beginning at noon on Friday, August 30th through 5 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

The only exception would be for emergency maintenance work in the case of traffic accidents, and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents.

Sorry, but the DOT will not be able to help us should zombies attack the interstates over Labor Day.  You might, however, tell your in-laws they should not be afraid to approach zombies because you heard they’re really friendly (the zombies) … as you make your escape.

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this maintenance operation or any other construction project 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. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at

The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its RoadWorks construction program.  Dozens of important roadway improvement projects are ongoing throughout the state as we work to deliver projects on time and on budget while keeping our transportation network the nation’s finest. Pardon the necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously and safely at all times, especially in work zones.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You also may follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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