WESTERN NEW YORK – Officials in New York have suspended temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on many major highways to accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day weekend.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the construction suspension is in line with his ‘Drivers First Initiative’ which he says prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.
“This busy Labor Day weekend, we’re taking steps to ease congestion and help motorists get to their destinations with fewer delays,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to make safety a priority this weekend. Stay alert, don’t drive distracted, and if you need to answer a phone call or text, utilize one of the many rest areas or text stops. I wish all New Yorkers a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.”
The Governor is urging motorists to follow the state’s ‘Move Over Law’, which requires motorists to slow down and move over if safe to do so, for law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state.
Cuomo also reminds residents that state and local law enforcement will be participating in the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement through Labor Day Monday.
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.