No Lane Closures On Tennessee Highways During Thanksgiving Holiday

TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity For Busy Holiday Travel Period

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during this busy travel holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday until 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2. 

“Nearly a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destination this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.” 

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones.  Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways. We want everyone to have a safe holiday so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink.” 

Some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

AAA predicts 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday. An estimated 953,041 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, 90 percent of all travelers will drive to their destination. In the southeast region, travelers are estimated to journey 525 miles round-trip. According to AAA, Wednesday will be the busiest travel day with 37 percent of travelers leaving for their destination.

Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5-1-1.  Receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages.  Smartphone users can download the TDOT SmartWay mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.

Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.


Volunteers Needed For Chattanooga National Cemetery Wreath Pick-up

Local Civil Air Patrol and volunteers placed over 8,000 wreaths at Chattanooga National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America on Dec 17. The cemetery staff is asking for the public’s assistance with picking up these wreaths. Volunteers can come to the cemetery starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, until all wreaths are picked up. For more information, or to volunteer, ... (click for more)

Polk Bridge Renamed Bear Lawson Bridge

Polk County renamed the Benton Station Bridge on Monday to honor the man who donated the land to attract a railroad to the county over a century ago.  It's now the Bear Lawson Bridge, to honor William Hinton "Bear" Lawson. Polk County and Cleveland leaders were on hand Monday, along with a large group of Mr. Lawson's descendants for the ceremony. Mr. Lawson lived in the ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)