NY will suspend construction on state highways during Labor Day weekend

Posted 30 August 2018 at 4:56 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended beginning on Friday at 6 a.m. and continuing until Tuesday at 6 a.m., in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day weekend.

Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension supports Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

“For many New Yorkers, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and we are committed to helping ensure safe, convenient travel during the busy holiday weekend,” Cuomo said. “I wish all New Yorkers a happy Labor Day and urge travelers to follow the rules of the road, enjoy time with their families, and take a moment to observe the importance of the labor movement, which was born here in the Empire State.”

Additionally, Governor Cuomo is urging motorists to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down, drive with care, and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along state roads. The law was enacted in 2011 to protect New Yorkers working along the roadway and has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles.

New Yorkers are reminded that state and local law enforcement will be participating in the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The enforcement and education campaign is designed to prevent intoxicated and under the influence driving on state and local roads. Motorists can expect to see law enforcement stopping and arresting impaired drivers in order to keep New York’s roads safe this holiday weekend.

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