Let's face it, all Michiganders could use a break from all the road and bridge projects that are going on across our Great Lakes State.

That's why I'm happy to say that we're all getting a break as we gear up for the 4th of July weekend.

Here's the best part, the Michigan Department of Transportation will move orange barrels and lane restrictions for at least 100 projects which are taking place statewide.

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This from mlive.com:

The construction pause will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, July 1, and continue until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT work zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures.

You would think that with gas prices hovering over $5.00 a gallon, Michiganders would decrease traveling plans for the weekend, but that simply is not the case.

Mlive.com tells us:

Despite Michigan’s gas prices still averaging above the national price at $5.013, travel in the state is expected to increase. AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.7 million Michigan residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a 10% increase from last year.

I can tell you that I will not be doing any traveling over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Not because of high gas prices, I just want to stay here in the Lansing area so my wife and I can check out local parades and firework displays.

Besides, we'll be traveling soon on Michigan roads as we gear up for our summer vacation in Ludington, Michigan. Summer time in Michigan is the best time, especially on Lake Michigan beaches.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend and if you're going to be traveling, please drive carefully and enjoy yourself.

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