Motorists are asked to be extra careful when driving through highway work zones during the July 4th holiday.

Motorists are asked to be extra careful when driving through highway work zones during the July 4th holiday.

Several locations along interstates will be reduced to one lane or have closed shoulders where construction zones are located, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials said.

“Travelers should stay alert and plan ahead for possible delays,” stated AHTD Director Scott Bennett.

“Motorists traveling on the interstates during the July 4th holiday should be prepared for additional traffic throughout the day,” Bennett said. “Keeping distractions to a minimum and following all roadside signage instructions will help travelers arrive safely at their destination.”

Bennett urges travelers to visit the department’s website at www.arkansashighways.com and click on the “Know the REDZones” icon. The site will highlight areas with reduced capacity during construction projects.

“We want travelers to be aware of these REDZones and to consider alternate routes, when available, before they get into the construction area,” Bennett said.

Interstate lane closures for the holiday include:

• Interstate County Location Milemarker Length 1 lane closed

• 30 Hot Spring Social Hill 92 – 98 6 miles both directions

• 40 Prairie White River 198 – 205 7 miles both directions

• 245 Miller Texarkana 6 – 8 1.5 miles both directions

• 530 Grant/Jefferson Redfield 16 – 24 8 miles both directions

In addition to these locations, construction zones will be in place at the Interchange of 430/630 in Little Rock, on Interstate 40 south of Conway and on Interstate 30 near Texarkana.