Break from lane closings extended

LAWRENCEVILLE - Your trip to grandmother's house this holiday should be fairly traffic free.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended all lane closures from construction projects during the next week.

And for the Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 316 interchange project in the heart of Gwinnett, the holiday break will last even longer.

"We were laughing that you will be able to get to the malls and return your Christmas gifts without lane closures the entire first week of January," DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said. "In the contract for this project, no lane closures are allowed from the day before Thanksgiving until Jan. 2, 2007. These limitations were put in place to ensure your mobility during the holiday season. The contractor has decided to take off the first week of January so your reprieve has been extended another week."

For updates on the $147 million project, which is expected to be complete in December 2008, visit the DOT's Web site at www.georgianavigator.com.