Highway construction to take holiday break

Work that could impact travel will be suspended on all ITD highway construction projects statewide for the Memorial Day weekend, except in special circumstances. In most cases, work will resume Tuesday (May 29).

ITD requires contractors on highway construction projects to curtail work on any roadway, except for normal maintenance operations, during the extended holiday weekend if the work could delay the traveling public.

Some of those extremely rare conditions in which work may continue are:

  • If crews are not working on a roadway open to the public
  • If the road is already closed and all traffic is using a designated detour
  • In an emergency situation (like flooding) where the roadway has been damaged and requires repair, or
  • On roads with very low traffic volumes.

"Like most of us, contractors have little interest in working over the holiday," said ITD Chief Engineer Tom Cole. "Most would probably take these days off anyway, even if it was not required."

ITD also reminds drivers not to drink and drive, to buckle up, follow the posted speed limit and call 5-1-1 or check 511.idaho.gov for highway driving conditions.

Published 5-25-2012