Labor Day drivers will see cheaper gas, no construction in IL

Drivers who will be hitting the roads for Labor Day weekend will find no construction on Illinois roads and cheaper gas prices.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said that construction will be halted on IDOT roadways beginning 3 p.m. Friday through Tuesday morning. predicts that gas prices over the four-day Labor Day holiday will be the cheapest Labor Day prices in a decade. In Chicago, the average price is $2.96 a gallon, but the news is better if heading out of town. The nationwide average is $2.44 a gallon, which is 99 cents lower than a year ago.

The Illinois Tollway is expecting 7.4 million vehicles - a nearly 3 percent increase from last year -- on the tollway system this holiday weekend.

The heaviest travel is expected on Friday.

For those traveling within the city, the CTA is adding bus and train service to help people get around. Longer trains will run on the Green and Pink Lines to accommodate North Coast Music Festival attendees.

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