MSHP Troopers Step Up Patrols For 4th of July Travel

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(KTVI) - The 4th of July may be Wednesday, but Tuesday is a major day for holiday traffic. The Missouri Highway Patrol is doing all it can to keep the roads safe.

The highway patrol and MoDOT are both especially worried about the Interstate 44 construction zone at Antire Road because of the crossover configuration. That set up won’t change for the holiday.

MoDOT is stopping working the area for the holiday at noon Tuesday, but the speed limit through the construction zone will remain at 55, even when work isn’t happening.

Antire Road is the construction zone where westbound I-44 lanes crossover into designated eastbound lanes while work is done on the westbound stretch.

With increased holiday traffic, authorities are urging drivers to slow down, particularly in construction zones.

Troopers will be patrolling the area as part of the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project. From noon to midnight Tuesday and then again on Sunday, there will be a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper every 20 miles on I-44 and I-70.

Sergeant Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol is urging drivers to slow down and be careful.

Nothum says every available trooper will be on the roads statewide. He adds, troopers will be looking for any aggressive drivers and won’t hesitate to write tickets. During the holiday, drivers are urged to slow down, stay alert, buckle up and not text and drive.