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As Memorial Day travels begin, so does road construction

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The summer travel season is here with millions of Americans hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend, but construction will slow down drivers' plans to get out of town.

The Highway Patrol had closed the westbound lane of I-94 between South Heart and Belfield because of an accident, but it's just been reopened. Westbound on Highway 2 near the Grand Forks Air Force Base, the traffic is reduced to one lane because of construction. On Highway 17 crews are working on pipes near the road - so you're urged to use caution there.

AAA predicts 88 percent of people traveling this weekend will be traveling by car. Officials say if you're traveling far, be sure to stop frequently to break up the trip.

"If you have a four hour trip don't try to make it all in one fell swoop. Take a break every 90 minutes and stretch, get the blood flowing again and proceed on your travels because you don't want to fall asleep on the road especially with how busy the roads are going to be," said AAA spokesman Gene Ladoucer.

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is what's known as the 100 deadliest days of summer. Officials say there is a 26 percent increase in traffic deaths for teenagers.

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