Thanksgiving travelers in Georgia will find open roads and lower gas prices, according to state officials and travel experts.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is following its usual holiday policy of suspending road construction projects to reduce delays for holiday travelers.
“In order to provide a safer and less congested roadway, we are limiting construction-related lane closures,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “Although traffic volumes were down earlier this year due to COVID-19, unfortunately, fatalities on our roadways have been up. I urge drivers to watch your speed, put down your cell phones, be alert and make sure you and your passengers buckle-up. Let’s make this a happy Thanksgiving for all.”
Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Nov. 30. Similar restrictions will be in place for Christmas and New Year’s.
Drivers will find lower gasoline prices for their holiday travels. The average $1.94 per gallon prices for the metro Atlanta area on Monday is 55 cents per gallon lower than this date last year, according to the Gas Buddy daily survey of more than 2,100 fuel retailers. The price was 4.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and has fallen 2.6 cents per gallon over the past week.
The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.10 per gallon Monday. The national average is down 5.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 49.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.
"With Thanksgiving nearly upon us and fewer Americans hitting the road, gas prices have seen some downward movement over the last week, even as oil prices hold near recent highs," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "We may end up seeing the lowest Thanksgiving prices in five years if prices continue to trend lower this week, a sign of how the coronavirus has sapped demand for the majority of the year. Between now and the end of the year, we aren't likely to see many fireworks at the pump as demand continues to remain well below prior years, but as a vaccine is set to be released in the months ahead, prices will likely aim for higher ground, so motorists take heed that today's prices may not hold for much longer."