ST. PAUL - Motorists planning to travel during the week of the Fourth of July holiday need to plan ahead, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advised.
Because the holiday falls on Wednesday, work on some highway projects will continue on July 4 while other projects will suspend operations.
"Given all the usual variables such as road and weather conditions plus the mid-week holiday, motorists should plan their vacation travels well in advance," said Bob Winter, director of MnDOT's Operations Division.
On Highway 10 just north of Little Falls the week of the Fourth of July, traffic will be single lane in each direction for a short distance. Highway 24 between Clearwater and Annandale will be closed to through traffic. Detour via Wright County Highways 7 and 39.
Winter said the state's 511 Travel Information Service is a valuable planning tool. Travelers can dial 511 from any touchtone phone without charge or visit the system's Web site, www.511mn.org.
Motorists can, for example, adjust their routes to avoid construction-related delays, check road conditions and monitor weather forecasts.
The 511 service provides information about traffic conditions and transit services statewide, community celebrations and cultural events. The service also links users to a printable version of the Minnesota state highway map. Links provide road and weather conditions in neighboring states as well.
In addition, Winter urges motorists to follow these guidelines whenever they drive in highway work zones:
Use safety belts.
Watch for signs, vehicles and work zone flaggers.
Minimize distractions by not using cell phones, eating or drinking.
Follow posted speed limits. Fines double in work zones.
Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone.
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