Not only will shoppers have a break from state sales taxes Friday and Saturday, they’ll also see some relief from weekend roadway construction. The Georgia Department of Transportation is limiting construction-related lane closures this weekend. Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and through 10 p.m. on Saturday, there will be no lane closures on interstate highways, freeways or major state routes within five miles of malls and other major shopping districts.

“The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times,” said DOT Commissioner Keith Golden in a press release. “The Department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school.”

Only limited work is scheduled this weekend, including in Midtown, where contractors will be resurfacing the Buford Spring Connector ramp to northbound I-85. One lane of the ramp will remain open.

Motorists traveling the I-285/Ga. 400 area should note that next week testing in advance of the planned interchange reconstruction starts with the following lane closures:

  • Three eastbound left lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road from 9 p. m. Monday, until 5 a.m. Tuesday
  • Two westbound left lanes of I-285 between Peachtree Dunwoody and Lake Forest Drive from 9 p.m. Tuesday, until 5 a.m., Wednesday
  • One southbound Ga. 400 left lane between Hammond Drive and the Glenridge Connector and also the I-285 westbound ramp to southbound Ga 400 from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.