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Construction projects suspended for holiday season

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

If you plan on hitting the road Wednesday, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, chances are you won't be alone.

According to travel estimates, more people will be driving to their destinations. That means you can expect interstates to be busy as everyone rushes to gather with family and friends.

In anticipation of the holiday traffic, VDOt says it's working to make things easier. Beginning Wednesday, most lane closures on major highways will re-open.

One study shows nearly 6 out of 10 people will be hitting the roads this holiday season. It also says more people are budgeting for travel this year compared to last year.

And to make it even better, gas prices are down, making driving a more attractive option than flying for many of us.

State police warn though, with all of the extra drivers out there, there will also be extra troopers patroling. They will be looking for speeders and drunk drivers. Extra patrols actually started Wednesday at midnight and will last through Sunday.

State police say their presence is important to help prevent tragedy. Last year, 11 people died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend.

One thing investigators want to remind you about is the move over law. They're asking if you see an officer that has pulled someone over on the highway, remember to move to a lane away from the officer or if you can't slow down. 

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