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Georgia DOT suspending lane closures for sales tax holiday weekend.

People out and about shopping for tax free clothing and school supplies next weekend will get a helping hand from the Georgia Department of Transportation. They announced today that all construction lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district would be suspended from July 30 at 10 to July 31 at 10 pm. You can find a list of tax free items by clicking the link.  

The DOT reminds everyone to exercise caution due to increased traffic and says crews may still be working in close proximity to some highways. They also remind everyone that safety concerns may force some long-term lane closures and incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could take place.

Georgia DOT suspending construction related lane closures for July 4 weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Sunday that to ease Fourth of July weekend traffic congestion, all construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways would be suspended from July 1 at 5 am to 12:01 July 5. They remind motorists that crews may work in proximity to some highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place.

Also, incident management or emergency related lane closures could become needed at any time on any route. To get free traffic information including traffic conditions, lane closures, and delays for interstates and state routes in Georgia, dial 511. A Georgia 511 app is also available for both Android and Apple devices.

DOT Open House on GA 87 Widening June 20.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold an open house to allow public review and comment on the proposed detour for the SR 87/Cochran Bypass Widening and reconstruction project. It will be June 20 from 4-6 pm at Bleckley County High School.

To read more, click here.

Single lane of I-16 to be closed this week.

Those traveling I-16 through Twiggs County this week should be on the lookout for a lane closure near Exit 24 between mile marker 24 and 25. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that, weather permitting, a single lane would be closed today through May 27 from 7 am-6 pm. The closure is to allow contractors to work on the SR 96 bridge over I-16.

Bleckley to receive DOT grant money for local safety projects.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Bleckley was one of 17 counties in East Central Georgia to receive funds for local safety projects. Funds come from the FY 2016 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Off-System Safety Program. Bleckley will receive $63,420.17 to install edgelines and centerlines with stop bars along 17 county roads

Jones Road bridge in Cochran set to reopen

A ribbon cutting celebrating the reopening of Jones Road bridge over Gum Swamp will be held May 20 at 11 am. The public is invited to attend.  To read more on how the project went from a bridge repair to replacement, click here.

DOT to suspend construction related lane closures for holidays.

Christmas and New Year's are two very busy travel times. The Georgia Department of Transportation will be trying to make travel easier for motorist. They announced Friday that construction related lane closures would be suspended from 5 am December 23-10 pm December 27, and from 5 am December 31 to 5 am, January 2, 2016 along all interstates, state routes, and roads near major shopping areas. This doesn't apply to any emergency related lane closures that may be necessary. They also remind motorists that crews may be working near highways or state routes and safety concerns may require some long term lane closures to remain in place.