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 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.

Boyd Patterson Releases Book On Spiritual Foundation Of Islamic Terrorism

Boyd Patterson, assistant district attorney, has released a new book, The Spiritual Foundation of Islamic Terrorism.   Mr. Patterson has a long background and professional interest in criminal motive. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in psychology and he counseled delinquent youth for two years. As Chattanooga's Gang Task Force coordinator, he implemented many anti-gang ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Tour of Homes

The Chattanooga Chapter Of Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge Annual Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday from 2-7 p.m.  The home featured is located on Signal Mountain at 5105 Old Chestnut Ridge Road, the home of Mark & Jamie Harvey. Officials said, "This is a very unique home which will feature many Christmas trees, lights, decorations and a Blue Grass Band will ... (click for more)

City Council Votes To Allow 7-Story Apartment Complex By Southside Historic District, But Ground Floor Must Be Commercial

The City Council voted in favor of the seven-story building on Cowart Street at Tuesday night’s council meeting. However, Councilman Chris Anderson passed an amendment for the ground floor of the building to be used as commercial space rather than residential, as originally intended by Belle Investment Company. A full house gathered at the meeting to hear the verdict for ... (click for more)

Flood Warning Issued For Some Area Creeks; TVA Dams Spilling High Volumes Of Water

A flood warning has been issued for some area creeks, including South Chickamauga Creek in Hamilton County, West Chickamauga Creek near Fort Oglethorpe and Lookout Creek that runs from Trenton, Ga., to Lookout Valley. TVA dams are spilling high volumes of water with the Tennessee River Valley receiving 3-5 inches of rain over the last few days and up to two more inches are ... (click for more)

City Council Travesty

  City Council just voted for a seven-story downtown building in a district zoned for 48' height limit. Setback to the building behind will be 6'. This is to allow the current building owner access to their property to maintain it. What I do not understand is how in the fire district this proposed building is in can a parking deck seven stories tall not have alley access ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heard About Henley?

Within minutes after a woman posing as “Katie Brown” posted a picture of her dog with its mouth taped shut on Facebook last Friday morning, hundreds of thousands of people became part of a global witch-hunt. Her Facebook page listed her location in South Daytona Beach and Avon, Conn. But police officers at both locations found out her real name is Katharine F. Lemansky and on Monday ... (click for more)