All construction and repair work on Mississippi interstate and four-lane highways will come to a halt over Thanksgiving weekend.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is suspending all highway work from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Monday in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

Melinda McGrath, MDOT’s executive director, said some lanes will remain closed to protect motorists, and drivers should still slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones.

“MDOT wants to make travel safe and convenient for the public this holiday weekend,” McGrath said in a statement. “While our construction crews won’t be working, we will be putting additional effort into monitoring the state’s highways to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the holiday weekend safely.”

In the meantime, MDOT said it would be monitoring state highways via its Traffic Management Center, which uses traffic cameras, congestion analysis technology, radar and temperature sensors to ensure driver safety and mobility.


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