The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and state routes for the Christmas holiday to reduce the traffic crunch.

The suspension of closures will start Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 5 a.m., and continue until Sunday, Dec. 27, at 10 p.m.

Some long-term closures will remain in place and construction activity may happen along roadsides.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.