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Heavy holiday traffic is expected

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Despite a road work moratorium, Memorial Day's traffic could be painful, transportation officials warned.

"We anticipate a very busy travel weekend," said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "Traffic congestion on Thursday and Friday will be heavier than normal, with rush hour beginning as early as 1 p.m. in high-volume areas."

Those high-volume areas include Interstate 85 in Gwinnett, as well as the downtown connector, the top end of Interstate 285 and Interstate 75, both in Cobb County and southbound in Clayton and Henry counties.

Officials were sure to point out that those were not the only areas where cars are expected to pile up, and they advised motorists to plan ahead and be patient.

Road construction on all interstates and major routes has been suspended from

5 a.m. today to 10 p.m. Monday.

For traffic updates and current road conditions, call 511 or go to www.511ga.org.

The 511 call will also connect callers to airports in Atlanta and Savannah for information on parking, delays or connections. Callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request assistance from HERO units or obtain additional information.