ALDOT warns of heavy holiday traffic

Published 8:00 am Friday, August 29, 2014

As the three-day holiday weekend approaches as well as the kick off for college football season, the Alabama Department of Transportation is asking drivers to drive safely during their travels wherever they may be going.

As an added precaution ALDOT announced Thursday afternoon there would not be any temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates from Friday, Aug. 29, at noon until Monday, Sept. 1 at midnight.

Lt. Bryan Weed with the Troy Police Department said the police department encouraged Troy drivers to drive on time and safely over Labor Day weekend.

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“Leave in time to get where you’re going without rushing,” Weed said. “You want to make sure you can get there safely, and try not to travel at night.”

In a release, ALDOT said the limitation of roadwork during the holiday weekend was a safety precaution for maintenance crews, construction workers and those traveling during the weekend. Weed said he anticipated heavy traffic over the weekend putting Labor Day travelers and those traveling to the football games into consideration.

“It’s the last holiday with school starting, and people are going to be out,” Weed said. “Football season is kicking off, and there’s going to be a lot of traffic. We’re going to be out checking for DUIs, getting them off the road and making sure everyone is safe.”

Linda Crockett, media and community relations for ALDOT, said “Safe driving starts with you. Always buckle up, obey speed limits and never text or drink while driving.”

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