MONTGOMERY – Travel on Alabama highways during the Independence Day holiday is expected to be higher than normal as the summer travel season continues. The Alabama Department of Transportation urges motorists to drive safely during the busy holiday period.
As an added precaution during the heavily traveled holiday, ALDOT announced today there would be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, through midnight, Sunday, July 7.
For the safety of the traveling public, construction industry workers and maintenance crews, roadwork will be limited during this busy holiday period. Throughout the year, ALDOT limits road construction during major holiday weekends. Emergency lane closures may be possible dependant on specific circumstances on interstates and other state roadways. Motorists are urged to always obey posted work zone speed limits.
On July 3, each of the state’s Highway Patrol Posts will step up enforcement in “hot spots,” areas that have been identified through crash/activity data. During the official holiday travel period from 12:01 a.m. July 4 to midnight July 7, all available state troopers (and officers from other law enforcement agencies across the state) will enforce traffic laws and be available to assist motorists along Alabama roadways. There will be LIDAR details, driver license checkpoints and roving patrols concentrating on enforcing seat belt/child restraint laws and motorists who are impaired, following too closely and speeding.
ADECA and ALDOT provide grant funding to cover these additional shifts.