UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
WACO -- nearly 100,000 vehicles will make their way through Waco interstate 35 on Thanksgiving. Just last Thanksgiving, Texas had 39 traffic deaths and more than 1,000 serious injury crashes. This year, state troopers are trying to reduce these numbers, asking people to be more cautious.
DPS officials expect traffic delays of more than an hour in some areas this weekend. "You're going to experience heavy traffic.," says Cpl. Charlie Morgan. " It's going to happen. You just need to be patient and take your time and the main idea is you want to get where you're going."
State troopers wrote more than 10,000 speeding tickets last year over the holiday weekend. They say speed is one of the biggest problems with drivers. they warn drivers to just pack patience before hitting the highways.
Construction projects like this can cause even more safety concerns. Jodi Wheatley with the Waco Department of Transportation says they are closing construction Wednesday until Sunday to ease holiday traffic congestion. "We're keeping as much open as we can because this is one of the most high traffic seasons of the whole year, and we want it to move as smoothly and quickly as possible," says Wheatley.
Construction will be closed in Hill, Bell and McLennan counties this weekend. The Department of Transportation is also ready to help anyone who may run into car troubles.