(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the temporary suspension of lane closures on New York State highways during the Labor Day weekend, from 6 a.m. on Friday, September 1, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, to enhance travel convenience and safety.
Albany – Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a temporary halt to lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. This suspension, in effect from 6 a.m. on Friday, September 1, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, aims to facilitate smooth holiday travel and safeguard the well-being of highway workers, including those in organized labor.
As Governor Hochul stated, “We want to make sure that travelers get to their destinations safely and with minimal interruptions, so I encourage all New Yorkers to plan their trip ahead of time and be safe on the roadways to ensure everyone can celebrate the holiday with family and friends.”
This construction pause aligns with New York State’s Drivers First Initiative, prioritizing motorist convenience to reduce traffic congestion and travel delays due to roadwork. Motorists are reminded to adhere to the Move Over Law, which requires slowing down and safely changing lanes for law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and construction vehicles along the roadside. Note that some work may continue behind concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
Text stops, rest stops, service areas, and parking facilities along state highways remain open to discourage distracted driving.
The temporary suspension of construction aims to enhance the Labor Day weekend travel experience while ensuring the safety of both motorists and roadside workers.