With the recent announcement of mandatory furlough days for all state departments, there have been rumors that MDOT may extend upcoming holiday weekend shut down periods. MITA has been informed by MDOT that there will be no changes to the previously published holiday shut down traffic control periods. Those holiday shut down periods are: Fourth of July: 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2008
Labor Day: 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2009 to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The following exceptions will apply:
1. Emergency work authorized by the region engineer.
2. Work authorized by the region engineer on relocated or detoured sections that do not interfere with traffic.
3. Work authorized by the region engineer when the contractor’s operation does not adversely affect traffic flow.
4. Additional suspension periods due to project-specific mobility issues.
The hauling of earthmoving equipment, trucks, etc., either on or across public roads, will not be permitted. For projects being constructed under traffic, the work shall be scheduled to eliminate one-way traffic restrictions wherever possible and provide for the safe movement of holiday traffic.