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Road work to be suspended for holiday weekend

With all the road construction going on around the state right now, don't worry about it causing traffic tie-ups over the Labor Day holiday weekend - ITD has announced that all its highway construction projects will be suspended for the holiday weekend, excepting only those that don't affect traffic or those responding to emergencies like flooding. "The contractor, like anybody else, has very little interest in working over the holiday," said ITD Chief Engineer Tom Cole. "Most would probably take these days off, even if they were not required to keep the road open to travelers." Click below for ITD's full announcement.

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ITD highway construction projects statewide to be suspended for Labor Day holiday weekend

BOISE - Work will be suspended on all Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) highway construction projects statewide for the Labor Day holiday weekend, except in special circumstances. In most cases, work will resume either Monday night or Tuesday (Sept. 6 or 7).

ITD requires contractors on highway construction projects to discontinue work on any roadway open to the traveling public during the holiday, except for normal maintenance operations. This includes any day of a three-day holiday weekend or July 3-5, unless otherwise permitted. In the vast majority of cases, this means that work will be suspended during that time period.

Some of those rare conditions in which work may continue are:

- If crews are not working on roadway open to the public;
- If the road is already closed and all traffic is using a designated detour;
- In an emergency situation (like flooding) where the roadway has been damaged and requires repair; or
- On roads with very low traffic volumes.

"The contractor, like anybody else, has very little interest in working over the holiday," said ITD Chief Engineer Tom Cole. "Most would probably take these days off, even if they were not required to keep the road open to travelers."
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