All of Arizona’s highways will stay open, and more police will patrol during Labor Day weekend.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will keep with its tradition of halting all closures for construction projects over the holiday weekend.
“We’re just trying to give the drivers a break," said Doug Nintzel, public information officer at ADOT. “They can get to where they’re going without having to worry about what type of closures might be scheduled out there. ”
While minor improvements will continue, no complete road closures will take place during the three-day weekend.
Large-scale, on-going projects, such as the widening of Interstate 10 from Ruthrauff Road to Grant Road, will still have barriers and lower speed limits in place. Workers will only carry out work that does not block traffic in that area.
ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety also announced an increase in traffic safety monitoring along the state's interstates.
The patrols will particularly increase along I-10, between Tucson and Phoenix and Interstate 17, north of Phoenix.
The agencies said these two corridors often become clogged due to accidents, and increased monitoring should help prevent such crashes.
Drivers are reminded to proceed with caution. Every Labor Day weekend, since 2005, there have been at least five fatal car crashes, and most have seen more than 10 deaths annually, according to state traffic agencies.