ALBANY -- To accommodate the expected Thanksgiving traffic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that construction on New York highways will halt during the long holiday weekend.

Lane closures from road and bridge construction will not be permitted from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. next Monday. Work, though, may continue behind permanent concrete barriers and in the case of an emergency.

“By putting drivers first and reducing lane closures and the traffic and delays that come with them, millions of travelers will be able to get where they need to go quicker and with less aggravation,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The efforts are part of Cuomo’s Drivers First program, which cuts construction work during holidays.


In addition to this announcement, Cuomo reminded motorists that under the “Move Over” law, updated on Nov. 1, it is illegal to speed past any vehicle or area with flashing lights, including a construction zone and sanitation truck.

An estimated 49 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home during the holiday weekend with 89 percent of travelers driving, according to AAA.

This Thanksgiving is expected to have the highest number of travelers since 2007, with an estimated increase of 2 percent since last year.

A detailed schedule of New York state Thruway lane closures for the weekend can be founded at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/laneclosures/.

Travelers can also sign-up for TRANSalerts to receive real-time traffic alerts or follow @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.