The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit before traveling during the Independence Day weekend.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4.

Extensive highway work continues in the state. To aid in holiday travel, AHTD has been working to open as many lanes as possible. Travelers will still likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.

The American Automobile Association predicts that more than 44.2 million will travel more than 50 miles from home. That is 1.25 million more travelers than last year, and makes 2017 the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

To help motorists find ways around accidents and work zone backups on Interstates, AHTD has an Alternate Routes feature on It displays linkages between the Interstate corridors and secondary routes that motorists may consider when travel is delayed. You can also follow us @AHTD.

Several areas will be closed on Arkansas’ Primary Highway Network during the holiday weekend. Motorists are encouraged to look at to find other routes.