4th of July Weekend Travel Guide for Illinois Tollway, Metra

Find cheap gas, check for construction and see Metra service changes for your Independence Day travel.

The worst day to hit the road this Fourth of July holiday weekend will be Friday, July 1, when almost 2 million vehicles are expected to be on the Illinois Tollway system.

Vacationers are advised to start weekend travel before lunch or after 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

From Friday to Tuesday, July 5, the Illinois Tollways reports 8 million cars and vehicles will be on the road, a 5 percent increase from the 7.6 million vehicles out and about during the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.

Most construction activities, including most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures, will be restricted from noon July 1 to 9 a.m. July 5 to help keep holiday traffic moving. Drivers are reminded to slow down and follow speed limits in work zones, even if workers aren't present. Read more in Patch.