From Friday through Tuesday morning, Memorial Day weekend motorists are likely to find New York state roads a mite less cumbersome.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Tuesday so travelers can catch a break during the busy holiday weekend.
The work ban came in a news release from Cuomo’s office on Monday, with the governor saying the stoppage is designed to minimize road delays and disruption.
The ban puts drivers first and will help drivers “get where they need to go in less time and with less aggravation this holiday weekend,” Cuomo said in the release.
Some work could be done behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs, the release said.
AAA predicts that of the more than 38 million people traveling more than 50 miles from home this weekend, an estimated 34 million will be traveling by car. This Memorial Day weekend is expected to have the second-highest travel volume on record, with a 2.1 percent increase in vehicle travel since the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend because of low gas prices, the release said.
Travelers can check 511NY, the state’s travel and transit information service, by calling 511 or by accessing 511ny.org. The service allows users to check road conditions or link to air and transit information.
Updates from the state Department of Transportation also are on Twitter: @NYSDOT and on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT.