ALDOT expectations for Labor Day holiday weekend

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – From Madison to Dekalb County, motorists are seeing a number of road improvement projects.
And with the big holiday weekend — and the holiday traffic that comes with it, how does the Department of Transportation plan to maintain traffic flow?

Nationwide, people are preparing to hit the road for the holiday. In fact more than 30 million Americans take roadtrips for Labor Day weekend.

Johnny Harris of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) says that *one particular favorite sport* will add to driving times this year.

“We anticipate with the kickoff of the football season at the college level, that’s going to add to the traffic on our roadways.”

Labor Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for driving due to the increased traffic. In the Tennessee Valley, motorists are likely to come face-to-face with one of many roadway construction projects, especially on the highway.

“The interstate primarily is the one that we try to concentrate on over the holiday weekends to maintain the capacity that is currently in place,” said Harris.

To keep the balance this weekend, Harris says ALDOT will keep as many lanes open as possible until Monday when traffic flow is back to normal. Until then, drivers are encouraged ot be extra alert to avoid issues on the road.

“Be aware of any potential conflicts with the normal lanes, there may be some lane shifts they will observe, just drive safely and cautiously.”

ALDOT representatives say there will be no temporary lane changes to keep traffic issues to a minimum over the holiday weekend.