Gainesville, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation is restricting construction-related lane closures beginning at noon Thursday, July 3 and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, July 7 so Georgian’s can better enjoy the long holiday weekend.

“We anticipate heavy traffic over the Independence holiday,” explained Bayne Smith,  District Engineer. “To lessen the impact on traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation has restricted construction lane closures on interstates and major state routes.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state; crews may be still be working in close 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.

Check the maps on www.georgia-navigator.com for current road conditions, or call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information. Traveler information is also available at www.511ga.org and a toll-free number for callers from outside the state, 1-877-MYGA511 (1-877-694-2511).

Georgia 511 provides statewide traffic conditions, route-specific information and estimated travel times within metro Atlanta. Additionally, 511 callers can access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, Georgia tourism information and 511 systems in neighboring states.

For those preparing to fly, 511 connects callers to airports in Atlanta and Savannah for information on parking, delays or connections to carriers. An automated voice recognition system guides the service, but callers can also reach live operators to report accidents or congestion, request HERO assistance or obtain additional information.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You also may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNE ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNE).


ROME, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists in Floyd County of a detour off Horseleg Creek Road at its intersection with the West Rome Bypass, scheduled for Wednesday, July 2, 2014, to accommodate work on realigning it with the West Rome Bypass currently under construction in Floyd County.

Horseleg Creek Road at its intersection with The West Rome Bypass will be closed and through traffic will be detoured into the newly constructed lanes of the West Rome Bypass. This detour will stay in place for two months.   Signs will be placed along the detour route to help motorists navigate around the closed road. This construction operation and the local road closure it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.

“We understand that the closure of Horseleg Creek Road at that location may cause some inconvenience for area residents, but it is necessary for realigning the road as quickly as possible, constructing this portion of West Rome Bypass and giving it back to the traveling public,” explained DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.

The realignment of Horseleg Creek Road is part of a 5.478 mile project to widen and reconstruct the West Rome Bypass on State Route (SR) 1/US 27, beginning south of the Coosa River and extending to north of SR 20 in Floyd County. This project also includes the construction of ten bridges located within its limits. Work on this project began early November 2011 and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2015, at a construction cost of close to $43 million.

The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its RoadWorks 2014 construction program.  Dozens of important road improvement projects are ongoing throughout the state as we work to deliver projects on time and on budget while keeping our transportation network the nation’s finest. Pardon the necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously and safely at all times, especially in work zones.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You also may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-DOT-Northwest/1443260995894791) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNW). 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (June 26, 2014) – Public input is important when considering any changes to fishing regulations.  Public hearings provide an opportunity for interested citizens to hear information about proposed changes and the reasoning and research behind those changes, and have a chance to provide their opinions.

Three proposed fishing regulation changes will be the topic of several upcoming public hearings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Proposed changes include:

Replacing the current protective slot-length limit for largemouth bass from Lake Oconee with a minimum length limit.

  • Modifying the current minimum length limit for largemouth bass from the lower Ocmulgee River (between Macon’s Spring Street Bridge crossing and its confluence with the Oconee River).
  • Modifying the current minimum length limit for shoal bass from the upper Flint River (upstream of Warwick Dam).

The department has scheduled three public hearings to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.  People who plan to attend are also encouraged to tell others who may be interested in participating.  All hearings will begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, July 7 United Methodist Fellowship Hall

223 South Broad St., Abbeville, GA

Tuesday, July 8 Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee

5800 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA

Thursday, July 10 Upson County Civic Center

101 Civic Center Drive, Thomaston, GA

Anyone attending a hearing is welcome to provide statements or comments, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants should register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.

Those unable to attend a public hearing may submit input electronically through a survey (available beginning July 1) found at www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations or in writing by July 31, 2014.  Mail written statements to:

GA DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section;

Attn: Thom Litts; 2065 U.S.

Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.

These hearing sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Thom Litts at (770) 918-6406 no later than July 2, 2014.

For more information, to view the proposed changes or take the survey, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations.