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GDOT Suspended road closures for Thanksgiving holiday.

To help with traffic during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on both interstates and heavily traveled state routes now through November 25. Similar restrictions will be in place for both the Christmas and New Year's holidays. A release announcing the stoppage reminds motorists that crews may have to work in proximity to highways and some long-term lane closures may have to remain in place due to safety concerns. Also, incident management, or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could be required at any time on any route.

Bridges along interstate in Bleckley to receive preservation work.

Bridges on I-16 in Bleckley County will be getting paint and new joints thanks to a grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The GDOT awared a $1.59 million dollar S&D Industrial Painting, Inc. to do preservation work along 14 interstate bridges spanning from Bleckley to Emanuel Counties. According to a release, work will include painting the steel superstructure and replacing bridge joints. Information on schedules, any lane closures and detours, will be announced in advance of construction.

No more detours in Cochran.

People living in and driving through Cochran have had to adjust their driving over the past year due to construction detours. First, a portion of the bypass to Eastman was closed for over a year while a bridge was built over the railroad crossing as part of a widening project. When it opened in June, traffic was rerouted onto the bypass while SR 87 Business was tied into the newly-widened road. Now, that detour is gone. Georgia Department of Transportation East Traffic announced via Twitter Tuesday that the detour has been removed and traffic was flowing normally. The next part of the project will involve making the bypass starting at Frank Cook Road four lanes.

Cochran Bypass open, traffic temporarily rerouted.

Cochran Bypass open, traffic temporarily rerouted.

The Cochran Bypass was opened to traffic Thursday afternoon. US 23/SR 87 Business will be closed for approximately 30 days as it's connected to the newly widened highway. Fans of Sugarberry's restaurant can take heart though, a gravel path where the detour begins allows access to the popular buffett.

Cochran Bypass opening June 21.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced the Cochran Bypass, closed since April 25 of last year for a project which will tie an existing five-lane section of south Cochran with a four-lane section of north Cochran, will open to traffic June 21. Traffic will be shifted onto the newly rebuilt US 23/State Route 87 starting north of Foskey Road and extending onto Dykes Circle while SR 87 Business is tied into the newly widened highway. The detour is expected to last around 30 days.

GDOT to restrict lane closures for Memorial Day weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will make it a bit easier for people on the road this Memorial Day weekend. They announced yesterday the suspension of construction-related lane closures on Interstate highways from noon May 25 through 5 am May 29. They will also limit lane closures on state routes that directly serve major tourists and recreation centers. The DOT reminds motorists that crews still may work in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require long-term lane closures to remain in place. Lane closures could also take place due to incident or emergency maintenance management.

Georgia DOT suspending interstate lane closures the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that there would be no lane closures on interstates from noon March 30 to 10 pm April 1 and again on noon April 6 through 10 pm April 10.  The moves are designed to help with traffic flow for both Easter weekend and the Masters Golf Tournament.  They remind motorists that crews may have to continue to work in proximity to interstates and safety concerns may force some long-term closures to remain in place.