With Christmas Day falling on a Friday, the Georgia Department of Transportation anticipates more travelers than usual during the holiday week. Motorists should expect congestion near malls and retail centers throughout the week.

`We anticipate heavy traffic throughout the metro Atlanta area beginning Wednesday around noon` said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. `Mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Additionally, many travelers will be returning home over the weekend.`

    In metro Atlanta, high congestion areas include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • I-75/85 southbound (Downtown Connector)
  • I-285 on the top end
  • SR 400 in both directions
  • I-85 in Gwinnett County
  • I-75 in Cobb County
  • I-75 Southbound in Clayton and Henry counties

As a reminder, Georgia DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 until Mon. Dec. 28 at 5 a.m.

Closures may also be in place on I-85 in Meriwether and Coweta counties, I-75 in South Georgia and I-95 on the coast. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

Check the maps on www.georgia-navigator.com for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information.

Coosa Valley News