San Francisco street construction projects will be put on hold from Thanksgiving Day through the New Year, the Department of Public Works announced Wednesday.

According to DPW spokeswoman Christine Falvey, the city conducts the holiday construction moratorium each year and construction teams have factored that delay into their projects.

Beginning today and continuing through Jan. 3, DPW will halt roadwork in busy commercial areas and will not issue street excavation permits to private contractors.

Other projects on mostly residential streets may continue, the DPW said.

The DPW said in a statement that the moratorium would help “minimize construction impacts to businesses and shoppers during the peak shopping season” and reduce traffic congestion.

Exceptions will be made for emergencies or if local businesses agree to continue minor road or sidewalk construction, the DPW said.

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