Limited road closures and construction on Labor Day

Published 11:00 pm Friday, August 31, 2012

Projected travel is expected to be up 2.9 percent from last year’s Labor Day weekend.

AAA estimates that 33 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend. Eighty percent of those travelers will make their trip by car and the total number of 2012 Labor Day travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high.

The Alabama Department of Transportation is preparing for the increased holiday travel, coupled with the kick-off of football season.

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In order to help keep motorists and construction crews safe and avoid delays, ALDOT has announced there will be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates until midnight on Monday.

Throughout the year, ALDOT limits road construction during major holiday weekends, but emergency lane closures may be necessary depending on specific circumstances, the agency reported.

As part of ALDOT’s mission to provide a safe transportation network across Alabama, the agency urges drivers to buckle up, obey speed limits and never text or drink while driving.