WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It may only be the beginning of the week, but the Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. Just because summer may be wrapping up, that doesn't mean construction season is doing the same. The Indiana Department of Transportation will be removing as many orange barrels and signs while drivers hit the roads for the long weekend.
"They'll come in and tell me that there's two seasons in Indiana. There's winter and there's construction season," said MacLain Metheny.
Metheny is a cashier at the BP gas station on Sagamore Parkway and Yeager Road in West Lafayette. He said it seems like customers are always saying how bad construction is in the summer.
"Everybody's just mad because the roads are all torn up and it's just making it really difficult to get around," explained Metheny.
Just because summer comes to an unofficial end with Labor Weekend, it doesn't mean the construction is as well. INDOT spokeswoman Debbie Calder said INDOT is planning ahead for the added traffic this weekend.
"Typically what INDOT tries to do is lift as many restrictions as possible so we can allow for the smoothest and safest travel out there," said Calder.
AAA is reporting that 34 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend; 85 percent of those travelers are expected to be motorists. Calder said with that many people on the roads, it's important that drivers minimize distractions.
"Please pay attention to what you're doing, obey the rules of the roadway, and definitely do not tailgate. Give yourself plenty of room to stop, pay attention and get to your destination safely and have fun this weekend," said Calder.
Having fun is something Metheny knows travelers are are good at.
"You'll see people come in and out of town, they'll tell us what they did over the weekend and most of the time -- it's pretty fun," said Metheny.
Calder said construction will continue after this weekend. She said driver still need to follow those rules of the road through and after the holiday weekend.
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