ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is seeing heavy traffic as evacuees head north. And now, growing traffic backups have been reported from Macon to McDonough.

11Alive’s Crash Clark spoke with the Georgia Department of Transportation to find out what will happen as construction and traffic begin to mix.

It turns out that a traffic problem here starts much further south along the east coast of Florida as northbound I-75 fills with people who are trying to escape Hurricane Matthew.

Add to that evacuation routes pushing all traffic along I-16 west for several miles and potential traffic issues could grow – especially in Macon where both interstates meet.

But what happens when the already bumper-to-bumper traffic reaches metro Atlanta and the many road construction projects in the area?

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The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that the major projects in Henry County will be suspended.

GDOT plans to suspend road construction from the Georgia-Florida line to Barrett Parkway in metro Atlanta until 5 a.m. Saturday.

Even with efforts to relieve various road hazards, drivers can expect backups as far south as the city of Forsyth with more possible into Friday.

Officials also warn that lane closures for incident management, emergency response and maintenance are still possible and could happen at any time.

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