Georgia DOT Suspends Some Construction Work During Eclipse

To ensure safety and ease traffic congestion, construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia will be suspended from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 21.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has decided to suspend construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia because of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse that is crossing the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

It will pass over Northeast Georgia, and partial coverage will occur in Metro Atlanta, according to the agency. Its announcement encourages drivers to be safe during the eclipse and says, to ensure safety and ease traffic congestion, construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia will be suspended from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 21.

It also says, "If you must be on the road during the eclipse, please remember:

  • Don't park along the shoulder of the road, highway, or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic before viewing the eclipse.
  • During the eclipse, it will be similar to nighttime travel, so turn on headlights.
  • Don't look at the sun and don't wear opaque sun shades while driving.
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