The government has announced that it will be shutting down Highway 101 on October 1st, as part of the country’s busiest motorway closure, as a part of its drive to improve congestion on the highway.
The move is part of a nationwide congestion strategy aimed at reducing the amount of vehicles and fuel used on the road.
“We’re shutting down all highways in the US, which is the largest traffic jam in the world, so that’s an important part of our strategy,” Minister for Roads Andrew Constance said on Friday.
The shutdown is part, along with highway tolls, of the government’s strategy to reduce vehicle congestion on highways.
The closures will affect between 2.5 million and 3.5million people, according to the US Department of Transportation.
Highway 101 in Washington state is expected to reopen on October 2nd.
The US Department on Friday issued a temporary detainer on an oil pipeline that runs from the city of Tacoma, Washington, to a major oil field in North Dakota.
The detainer was placed after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it was not required to give notice of its intent to close the pipeline.
The closure will affect about 2.8 million people, with about 1.2 million of those people living in Alaska.
Highways 101 and 101 in Texas are also shut down on October 31st.
The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, announced the closure in a tweet on Thursday.
“Today, I announced a statewide highway closure on October 11, 2019.
As we begin our work on repairing Highway 101, we will continue to make hard decisions to protect public safety and preserve the health and well-being of our citizens,” Abbott wrote.
“We have always followed a long-term plan for this closure, and will continue doing so.”
The closure follows the closure of several major oil pipelines, which the US government has blamed on climate change.
The closure comes as the US oil and gas industry has been struggling to find a sustainable solution to the ongoing oil and natural gas industry crisis.