TDOT to suspend all construction-related lane closures for July 4th
A now-traditional part of the holidays, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes for the days surrounding July Fourth.
Starting at 12:00pm Friday, June 29th through 6:00am on Thursday, July 5th, drivers shouldn't encounter lane closures as TDOT takes measures to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “To help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time.”
Motorists will still encounter some long-term lane closures on construction projects, such as the widening projects for Chattanooga's US-27 or East Brainerd Road.
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.
AAA projects a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Independence Day weekend, a 5% increase from last year.
More than 927,000 Tennesseans will travel during the holiday, with over 831,000 driving to their destinations.