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Construction and increased gas prices await Labor Day travelers


As people nationwide prepare to celebrate the last hurrah of summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning of construction impacts for the Labor Day weekend.

AAA no longer forecasts specific numbers for Labor Day weekend traffic since it is one of the least traveled holidays, but millions are still expected to be on the roads, CBS reported.

The good news for travelers is that some road construction projects are finishing up or are on hold for the weekend.

All the lanes of Interstate 94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville will reopen at noon Friday, and stay open until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Highway 169 is now open between Mankato and St. Peter, although currently it is just one lane in each direction among some other restrictions.

But for the bad news, officials are warning of major delays for a couple highly-traveled roads: There will be one lane open in each direction on Hwy. 169 north of Milaca and on Interstate 35 between Pine City and Hinckley.

Gas prices going up, still lowest in over a decade

Volititiy in the market means that gas prices will be at its highest for the summer season, AAA says.

The national average for a gallon of gas is $2.22, and Minnesota made AAA's list of the states with the highest monthly increase – the price of gas went up 19 cents in August.

However, prices are 27 cents cheaper on average compared to last year and prices are on track to be the lowest for a Labor Day weekend since 2004.

DWI enforcement

As people celebrate the final moments of summer this weekend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's extra drunken driving enforcement campaign also comes to an end, a news release says.

Officials are asking people to plan for a sober ride home or use public transportation, buckle up and report any incidents of drunken driving.

The campaign began Aug. 19 and will conclude Sept. 5.

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