TDOT Halts Lane Closures On Tennessee Highways For Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday through 6 a.m. on Tuesday.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

“AAA predicts Friday and Monday to be the busiest travel times during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

  “We want to ensure that the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.”

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink or are impaired in any way.”

Nationwide travel is expected to see a 1.4 percent increase from last year’s numbers.  The summer travel season is expected to close with an estimated 35 million travelers taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home.  AAA Auto Club South projects that 590,037 Tennesseans will travel by car this Labor Day holiday, a slight decrease in travel through the state compared to last year’s numbers. Nationwide, 86 percent of holiday travelers will choose to drive to their destinations.


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