TDOT Suspends Construction-Related Lane Closures For 4th Of July Holiday

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday through 6 a.m. on Monday, to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers. 

“We always anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this time of year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures for the July 4 holiday travel period will help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.” 

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Please buckle up and observe the rules of the road,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “Drivers can be assured there will be an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee’s roadways throughout this week and weekend in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”  

According to AAA projections, 41 million Americans, that’s 1.9 percent more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. Nearly 85 percent of them will drive. AAA estimates 742,000 Tennesseans will hit the roadways. July 3 and 6 are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday period.


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