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Closed lanes to open for holiday
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So motorists can better enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures beginning at 5 a.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.  
The department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state. Crews may be still be working in proximity to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures remain in place. 
Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.
“For the past decade, Georgia averaged about 1,900 crashes each Fourth of July weekend with an average of 16 deaths and another 750 injuries,” Transportation Commissioner Vance. C. Smith Jr. said. “Enjoy America’s many birthday festivities, but please be very careful while driving and do not drive impaired or distracted.”

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