Since many Illinois residents will hit the road for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the Illinois Department of Transportation is trying to make travel easier.
IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work where possible beginning at 3:00 p.m. on July 3 and going through midnight on July 5. IDOT hopes the suspension will reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.
"With the Independence Day holiday falling in mid-week this year, we wanted to significantly improve traffic flow on Illinois roadways by suspending all non-emergency road work, where possible, in advance of the most traveled summer holiday," Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. "To reduce potential roadway congestion and improve safety, we are also providing a list of lane closures on our website, with a breakdown by county, to help motorists plan their trips."
IDOT is asking drivers to slow down, obey speed limits, and drive with caution through work zones. Work zone speed limits are still in effect where posted, even if no workers are present.
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