MDOT eases travel hassle for motorists over holiday

It's a day to commemorate the nation's independence and many people celebrate the Fourth of July by packing up the car and heading "up north."

Roy Davis of Saline said it's a time for family, "Barbeque, getting together with family and fireworks usually."

In Michigan, it also means pointing your car North and hitting the road.

"We camped at Petoskey State Park with my sister," said MaryJo Davis.

The Davis family from Saline is heading home after an early holiday vacation.

"In Petoskey, the traffic my parents decided to camp at the Holiday Inn instead of the state park and it took them 20 minutes to get there. When they first got there it took six or seven minutes," said Davis.

Most motorists, unlike the Davis', are traveling in the opposite direction.

1.2 million Michiganders putting rubber to road over the holiday weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working to make travel as smooth as possible.

"We want to make sure the roads are open and people are able to do that safely," said Anita Richardson, MDot.

Of the 27 current construction projects in the Bay Region, MDot is suspending 21 of them for holiday motorists.

"We do have some work zones with traffic restrictions remaining. the majority will have no work going on," said Richardson.

Making an escape North that much more enjoyable.

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