Dr. Traffic

Labor Day celebrations mean more traffic

Paul Jones, a member of the Postal Express Street Riders, fist bumps a boy as he rides on his 2007 Honda Shadow on Tryon St. during the annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade. The event is organized by the Charlotte Labor Day Parade Committee in conjunction with the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council. The parade honors the accomplishments of organized labor in our country, our region, and in our community. - YALONDA M. JAMES - yjames@charlotteobserver.com
Paul Jones, a member of the Postal Express Street Riders, fist bumps a boy as he rides on his 2007 Honda Shadow on Tryon St. during the annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade. The event is organized by the Charlotte Labor Day Parade Committee in conjunction with the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council. The parade honors the accomplishments of organized labor in our country, our region, and in our community. - YALONDA M. JAMES - yjames@charlotteobserver.com Staff Photographer

The holiday weekend will bring celebrations large and small to Charlotte, and likely heavier-than-normal traffic in some places.

One of the bigger celebrations will be the 16th annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Monday. The event includes local labor union floats, political candidates, bands, performers, beauty queens, car clubs and community groups.

Parade participants will gather at 8:30 a.m. at 701 N. College St. The parade will begin at the Hal Marshall Center and proceed down Tryon Street through the Square before turning left onto Third Street and ending at College and Third streets.

Charlotte Area Transit System buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule for Labor Day. Most express bus service will be suspended Monday. The exceptions are the 590 Airport Connector Northlake and the 591 Airport Connector Archdale, which will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Across North Carolina, state road construction projects will be shut down from 4 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday. N.C. Department of Transportation will put most construction projects on hold along interstates, as well as state and U.S. routes.

Postponing construction is expected to ease travel for those going places for the long weekend. Nearly 1.5 million Carolinians are expected to drive 50 miles or more – the highest number in seven years, according to AAA Carolinas.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/default.aspx or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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