The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling during the Independence Day holiday observance. This holiday period of time is defined as Tuesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 8, according to a news release.


The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that more than 47 million Americans, nearly five percent more than last year, will travel more than 50 miles from home.


Extensive highway improvements are underway through the state and with those projects come work zones. To aid in the holiday travel, ARDOT has been working to open as many lanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face construction zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume, according to the release.


To help motorists find ways around accidents and work zone backups on interstates, ARDOT has an Alternate Routes feature on IDriveArkansas.com. It displays links between the interstate corridors and secondary routes that motorists may consider when travel is delayed. Drivers may also follow the highway department on Twitter @myARDOT.


Motorists are encouraged to look at IDriveArkansas.com to find closures that are on secondary and low traffic volume routes.


A list of closures on Arkansas’ Primary Highway Network during the holiday weekend includes: Interstate 530 at Pine Bluff, mile markers 41-46, for five miles on both northbound lanes for 24 hours; and Highway 163 at Dermott, mile markers 7-8, for one mile southbound for 24 hours.