The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all construction-related road closures on the state's roadways for three days for the Fourth of July holiday.
The suspension will begin at Noon on Tuesday and will continue through 6 a.m. Friday in an effort to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“There will be increased traffic on Tennessee's interstates and state routes during the July 4th holiday period,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures over this busy few days is one way to ensure that travelers don't face construction-related delays as they travel across our state.”
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.
“If you and your family are traveling during this holiday period, please buckle up and observe the rules of the road so you'll arrive safely at your destination,” said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “During this coming week drivers will notice an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee's roadways in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”
According to AAA projections, more than 42 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend.
AAA estimates 753,824 Tennesseans will hit the roadways, while another 36,121 are expected to fly to their destinations. Auto travel will make up 84% of all holiday travelers across the U.S. this year.
Travelers are reminded to dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone to access valuable information about travel conditions anytime.