State suspends roadwork for holidays

December 25, 2018

Daily Journal staff and wire report

SPRINGFIELD — If you’re hitting the road in Illinois during the holidays, you’ll have to deal with thousands of people doing the same thing, but you won’t have to contend with many construction crews.

In a news release, the state’s Department of Transportation says it is suspending all nonemergency construction projects until one minute before midnight on Christmas day and again between the afternoon of Dec. 28 until just before midnight on Jan. 1.

And better news for travelers is that, in some cases, the disappearing work crews will be accompanied by the reopening of some lanes of traffic.

Not surprisingly, most of the projects are in the Chicago area, but construction projects will be halted up and down the state.

That’s good news for the flock of motorists that will be sharing the road during the next several days.

Beth Mosher, of the AAA Chicago Motor Club, said almost 6 million people from Illinois are expected to travel somewhere this holiday season, adding that almost all Illinoisans who are traveling will drive.

“Here in Illinois, we’re expecting to see about 5.8 million people traveling,” Mosher said. “Of that 5.8 million, we’re expecting to see 5.3 million of them taking a road trip here in Illinois.”

Those out and about will be taking advantage of low gas prices.

The per gallon cost in Kankakee County hovered in the low $2-plus dollar range on Sunday, with some filling stations featuring prices below the $2 mark.

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