TDOT to stop lane closure for Thanksgiving travel
As Tennesseeans hit the road for Thanksgiving, TDOT 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 noon on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018, according to TDOT.
AAA predicts 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 4.8 percent over last year.
Tennesseans make up 1.24 million of those travelers, with an estimated 1.18 million expected to travel by automobile.
“Over 1.1 million motorists are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year in Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This is the most traveled holiday of the year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”
TDOT says that while all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones.
Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.
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.