Historically, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays in America. This year AAA estimates that 49.1 million people will travel to their Thanksgiving destination by car, just below pre-Covid travel volumes (49.9 million). The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to avoid distractions and buckle up.
“As Thanksgiving travel numbers increase each year, that means there will be more motorists on the road with you,” said Brad White, MDOT Executive Director. “Motorists should watch their speeds and obey all traffic laws to ensure they make it safely to their holiday destinations.”
To help keep traffic moving, MDOT crews and contractors will limit road construction requiring lane closures beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, November 22, through the morning of Monday, November 27. All construction will halt Thursday, November 23. This will provide maximum travel capacity and minimal construction delays to motorists traveling throughout the state during the holiday weekend.
“Even though most highway construction will halt across the state, motorists should be aware that some lane closures will remain in place,” said White. “Lane closures are there to protect motorists, and MDOT urges drivers to treat these areas as active work zones.”
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