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Drivers can expect heavy traffic on highways to and from popular destinations during peak travel times over Labor Day weekend, but no construction-related closures are scheduled.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the organization will provide motorists with a break from construction-related highway closures between Friday morning and late Monday night this weekend. 

As with other recent holiday weekends, safety measures will include lowering speed limits by 10 mph along Interstate 17 between New River Road and the Sunset Point Rest Area north of Phoenix during peak travel periods. Temporary signs will display reduced speed limits, primarily along northbound I-17 on Friday, Aug. 31, and along southbound I-17 on Monday, Sept. 3.

ADOT and other public safety agencies are asking that motorists practice safe driving behavior.

According to the organization, last year nine people were killed in nine fatal crashes on Arizona roadways over Labor Day.

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