Shoppers will get a break from road construction this weekend to go along with the state's suspension of the sales tax for school supplies, clothing and computer equipment.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district on all interstates and major state routes beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1 through 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.
"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The Department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."
During the annual "back to school" sales tax holiday, Georgia shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase certain clothing items, computers and computer accessories tax-free. More information concerning the 2014 Sales Tax Holiday and tax exempt items can be found on the Georgia Department of Revenue's website at https://etax.dor.ga.gov/ .
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. Incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.