(WMBD) — As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that some lanes closed for construction will be reopened to ease travel throughout the state.
Non-emergent lane closures will be reopened from 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5.
However, many lane closures will remain closed, and drivers should expect delays in the following areas:
- Eastbound War Memorial Drive (U.S. 150) at Adams Street (Illinois 29) in Peoria; lane reductions continue.
- Adams Street (Illinois 29) between Lorentz Avenue and Eureka Street; lane reductions continue.
- Interstate 474 between I-74 and Airport Road; lane reductions continue.
- Westbound I-474 ramp from Maxwell Road; closed.
- Maher Road over I-74 at Brimfield; closed.
- Eastbound U.S. 24 in Mapleton; lane reductions continue.
- Westbound I-474 ramp to westbound I-74; lane reductions continue.
- I-74 between Morton and Goodfield; lane reductions continue.
- U.S. 150 between Congerville and Carlock; lane reductions continue, with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
- I-39 between El Paso and Wenona; lane reductions continue.
- I-39 over County Highway 12 at Hudson; lane reductions continue.
- I-55 at the Funks Grove rest area; lane reductions continue.
- I-55 between Lexington and Chenoa; lane reductions continue.
A full list of closures by county can be found here.
Drivers should allow extra time for trips through these areas.
IDOT also asks that drivers always pay attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, stay alert for workers and equipment, and use a seat belt.
Whether on the ground or in the air, travelers throughout Illinois are gearing up to head to for the holiday. , both across the state and across the country.
According to AAA, 22% less Americans are expected to travel during this labor day weekend compared to la year. They said the top destinations are Seattle, Orlando, Las Vegas, Denver, and Boston.
“When there is a holiday weekend, there’s more people on the roadway,” Haylie Polistina, Illinois State Police Trooper, said. “They’re traveling to loved ones, they’re going to barbecues, cookouts.”
Although gas price have been falling in Illinois, Trooper Polistina said she hasn’t seen that factoring into how many cars will be on the road.
Still more drivers can lead to more chances for accidents, so she’s asking for sober minds behind the wheel.
“Refrain from drinking and driving this holiday weekend, we have ride shares there’s a lot of resources people can use,” Polistina said.
She also said to put the phones down, slow down, and watch for cars on the side of the road.
“Whether it’s a police officer, a firefighter or if it’s just a motorist stranded on the side of the roadway,” Polistina said.
Gene Olson, director of airports at Peoria International Airport, said although they are seeing pre-pandemic level traveling numbers, he hasn’t seen an influx of people flying out for Labor Day weekend.
“September is close to being our least busy month and that’s because Allegiant doesn’t fly as many destinations as they do the rest of the year,” Olson said.
Nevertheless, he’s advising people against boarding a plane if they’re sick and he’s recommending taking precaution before even setting foot in the airport.
“We want people to take their keys, hide their valuables, lock their cars, because all of the car thefts that have been going around the whole Peoria, we’re not immune to that,” Olson said.
Olson said they are doing better at catching car thieves due to the addition of cameras.
He also said flyers should get to the airport 90 minutes to two hours before their flight in order to leave less room for error.