highway construction breaks for Labor Day
Most work on highway construction projects throughout
Idaho will be suspended this afternoon until Tuesday (Sept. 7) to accommodate
holiday traffic during the Labor Day weekend.
Nearly 40 highway improvement projects are under way throughout
the state. Traffic impacts already in place, such as lane restrictions,
detours and reduced speed limits, may continue during the holiday weekend.
Motorists can improve their safety during holiday travel
by following these tips:
Always wear your seat belt. A seat belt provides protection
against injury or death in the event of a collision, and Idaho law
requires everyone in a vehicle to be properly restrained.
Dont drink and drive. Choose a designated driver
if your holiday celebrations include alcohol. Now through Sept. 12,
law enforcement officers in Idaho and across the country will work
overtime to take drunk drivers off the roads as part of the You
Drink, You Drive, You Lose! nationwide campaign.
Pay attention. Distractions in and out of your vehicle
may take your attention away from driving. Accidents can be caused
by split-second distractions such as spilled drinks, changing a radio
station or answering the cell phone.
Plan ahead. For weekly construction updates on the
state highway and interstate system, consult the Idaho Road Report.
The report can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including
holidays) by phone or on the Internet. For online access, visit the
transportation departments road report at
. The telephone hotline is 1-888-432-7623
statewide or 336-6600 for callers in the Treasure Valley.
Motorists are reminded to slow down in highway work zones.
Rear-end collisions account for most work zone crashes. Following too
closely, inattentive driving, failing to yield the right of way and
improper lane changes also contribute to accidents in work zones.