JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation is suspending most highway construction and maintenance work throughout the state this weekend to accommodate an increase in traffic due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Work will stop at noon on Friday and resume Tuesday morning. Still, some lane and bridge closures will remain in place.
"We want to do all we can so travelers can get where they're going quickly and safely this Memorial Day weekend," said Don Hillis, MoDOT's director of System Management. "However, due to the nature of some of the work, it's likely some lanes will remain closed so we just want motorists to stay alert for changing road conditions."
Even though the majority of highway work is stopping for the weekend, Hillis said motorists can't let their guard down and need to drive smart to ensure safe travels. That means paying attention, buckling up, obeying the speed limit, not drinking and driving and planning ahead.
There were nine people killed and 69 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend. Twenty two percent of the people killed or seriously injured involved an impaired driver.
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