ALBANY, N.Y. — If you plan on hitting the road this holiday weekend, your trek will be a little easier.
The state announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction will be suspended starting at 6 a.m. Friday, July 1 through 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.
"With record high car travel expected this July 4th weekend, we want to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely and with minimal delays," Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
"I encourage everyone traveling this weekend to plan ahead, drive responsibly and remember to move over when you see emergency responders and workers on the side of the road who are still working to ensure the safety of motorists this holiday weekend. I wish all New Yorkers a happy and safe Independence Day."
AAA is predicting that a record number of people will hit the road this weekend, despite high gas prices. The number to forecasted travelers getting to their destination by car is 42 million nationwide.
Drivers should still remember that 10 service areas along the Thruway are closed and under construction. Travelers can check service areas and make plans for stops on the Thruway Authority's website and on the free mobile app.
Before you go, you can check the New York State Department of Transportation's 511NY by calling 5-1-1 or visiting the 511 website. You can also download the free 511NY mobile app on iTunes or Google Play where you can get road conditions, view 2219 traffic cameras and link to air and transit information. The app also provides an audible alert along a chosen route warning drivers about incidents and construction.