Big weekend for travelers

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) – Millions of people are hitting the road for Labor Day. About a quarter of Americans plan to travel.

IDOT officials are making it easier for them to do it. They’re suspending non-emergency roadwork and re-opening lanes where they can.

Traffic is down to one lane from Champaign County north to Iroquois County. Travelers say it’s slowed them down, and gas prices aren’t in their favor, either. AAA officials say gas prices in Illinois and Indiana are at a record high for the holiday weekend. They say Hurricane Harvey is to blame. It’s shut down oil refineries in the Gulf Coast, which has driven up prices. But still, travelers say it’s worth it. A family we talked with say they’re traveling from northern Illinois to Kentucky.

“Just to try and get down and see our family. It’s just nice, we have an older one now in school, so we have to kind of utilize the vacation days when he’s out of school,” says John Dempsey of Byron.

Officials also want to remind people that Labor Day weekend can be deadly. Last year, 23 people died in car crashes in Illinois. Officials will be patrolling for drunk drivers and people not wearing seatbelts.

For a list of roads that will be closed, click here

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