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Roadwork suspended as more drivers expected this Labor Day weekend

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

More drivers will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend, prompting the governor to suspend roadwork on state roads and highways.

AAA said 35 million Americans are planning to get away for the holiday weekend, a 1 percent increase over last year.

More than 30 million of them will be traveling by vehicle.

In New England, more than 1.6 million told AAA that they were planned a road trip of at least 100 miles. Roughly 25 percent planned to go at least 500 miles or more.

"Even though we're moving full speed ahead to transform our state's transportation system, Connecticut holiday travelers should not have to worry about additional delays because of roadwork this weekend," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "All construction activities on state roads and highways will be suspended beginning 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8."

Malloy said only work of an emergency nature would be done during that period.

Gas prices will be less this Labor Day than in 2014. While the national average is $2.45 for a gallon of regular, it's $2.58 in Connecticut. That's the least expensive gas over a Labor Day weekend since 2008, according to AAA.

"A survey of our members indicates that the lower gas prices did not really factor in to their plans to travel over the holiday weekend", said Amy Parmenter, AAA spokesperson. "And although more people are traveling over the Labor Day holiday than last year, the increase is not as significant as it was for Memorial Day."

AAA predicted that Monday would be the busiest day, which seemed to be the popular day for the return trip.

Malloy said the Department of Transportation is on pace to resurface a record 340 two-lane miles of roadways between the construction season of April 1 through Nov. 30. About 160 miles have been completed so far.

For real-time traffic updates, check out the WFSB.com traffic page here.

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