Agencies offer tips for safe holiday weekend travel

State Police are offering safety tips for those traveling for the Fourth of July holiday. Authorities encourage motorists to avoid drinking and driving and always use a designated driver. Troopers will be increasing patrols throughout the weekend to look for drunk drivers. Drivers should also plan a safe way home before going to a party, follow the speed limit, and wear their seat belts.

To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for Fourth of July holiday travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 o’clock this afternoon until 12:01 AM, Monday, July 6th.

Lanes will be opened, where possible, but motorists should be alert as lane closures in some work zones will remain in effect. Please slow down, eliminate distractions and use extra caution while driving through all work zones.

Work zone speed limits remain in effect where posted. There are no changes in Washington County, but in Jefferson County, affected areas include, Interstate 57 from milepost 95 to 96 at Interstate 64 at milepost 74 75, just north of Mount Vernon is undergoing pavement replacement.

Traffic is reduced to two lanes northbound and southbound. I-57 milepost 96 to 98, north of Mount Vernon is also undergoing pavement replacement and traffic is reduced to one lane northbound and southbound. I-64 Eastbound from milepost 72 to 74, northwest of Mount Vernon is having pavement replacement and traffic is reduced to one lane.