Some of the busiest travel days of the year are ahead of us. In fact, for Christmas and New Year’s nation-wide over 110 million people are expected to be on the roads.
That’s why MDOT is planning on suspending all interstate and four-lane highway construction during this travel period. All road construction with lane closures will stop Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and again on New Year’s Eve and day.
They hope this will help reduce delays and help traffic flow better while so many holiday travelers are on the roads.
They are also going to limit the movement of over-sized vehicles.
When it comes to driving over the holidays, more people can mean a higher chance for an accident.
MDOT wants to remind drivers in order to stay safe it’s really all about paying attention to the road. MDOT Public Information Officer Jace Ponder said, “When you’re behind the wheel you’ve got one job and that’s just to drive. So that means put the phone down. Taking your eyes off of the road for just a few seconds can cause you to lose track of what’s happening in front of you. And also with more cars on the road there is going to be more traffic along your regular route. So we encourage everybody to use patience.”
You can stay up to date with road conditions on your route using their free MDOT Traffic App. Just remember to put the phone down while behind the wheel.