Construction work on hold for Labor Day

By Julia Bruck - bioemail

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - If you're hitting the road this Labor Day you may face some extra traffic.  AAA expects the number of those traveling to increase nearly 10 percent from last year.  But there is some good news for drivers on Illinois roadways this holiday weekend.

"I'm headed to Indianapolis, Indiana," said Carterville resident Barbara Campbell.

Campbell is excited to get on the road for a long weekend.  She's headed to Indianapolis to visit family. But Campbell is not alone. Millions of Americans are expected to take to the road ways this weekend. To beat the traffic, Campbell says she left work early.

"I had planned to leave at 4:30," Campbell said. "But I work at John A Logan College and left a little early so I could get there a little early."

The expected flood of drivers on roadways is also a concern to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"One of the primary missions of the department is to ensure the safety of the traveling public," Keith Miley with the Illinois Department of Transportation said.  "So whenever we have a national holiday, like Labor Day, we have a policy where we'll get all the contracts off the road by 3 p.m. the Friday."

Miley says construction projects on the interstates and highways will be put on hold through the holiday. But he adds some construction zones will still have closures.

"We will have signal lane detours mostly on bridge construction projects," Miley said.

Miley says posted work zone speed limits and fines still remain, despite the construction break. So if your Garmin leads you through an orange cone zone, Miley warns drivers to "watch out and avoid being distracted."

Workers will be back out in construction zones Tuesday morning. Meanwhile Illinois State Police remind drivers to click it or ticket.  Authorities also say they'll be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday weekend.

According to AAA, the increase of Labor Day travelers appears to be due to the improved economy over in the year.

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