1.1-million people expected to hit Michigan roads this weekend

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The holiday weekend is upon us and travelers are urged to pack their patience.

1.1-million people are expected to be on Michigan roads over the next four days.

M-DOT is helping us all out by opening up more lanes in some areas.

AAA says 34.7-million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008.

To help us out, M-DOT is stopping all road work and is opening up lanes in 126 of the 156 projects they have going on in the state.

In southwest Michigan, all but five projects will open more lanes, making it a little easier on drivers.

But M-DOT still warns to be more aware in construction zones, even though workers won't be there.

"Some lane restrictions in place yet. I-94 over by the lakeshore over Hickory Creek in Lincoln Township, I-196 in Allegan County will have a lane closure, obviously Stadium Drive here in Kalamazoo, M-227 out in Marshall, also M-37 in Hastings. There are a handful of them that still will have lane closures in place over the weekend but no work being done," said M-DOT Spokesman, Nick Schirripa.

If you're one of the many traveling, the Red Cross has some tips to make your drive go smoothly. They recommend that you take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit. Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. Always buckle up and obey traffic signs. Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving and of course, don't drink and drive.

When it comes to gas prices, they of course went up this week here in West Michigan to about $3.65 a gallon, but nation-wide prices are at their lowest levels since 2010.

They are averaging about 18-cents less a gallon than what we paid last year on Labor Day.