Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TDOT Suspends Most Lane Closures for Independence Day Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Construction activity close to I-40/I-240 and Sam Cooper Boulevard - TDOT SMARTWAY CAMERA
  • TDOT SmartWay camera
  • Construction activity close to I-40/I-240 and Sam Cooper Boulevard
Road construction will be suspended on Tennessee’s interstates and highways at midnight Thursday, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), to make way for those traveling for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

AAA estimates that more than 831,000 Tennesseans will travel over the holiday weekend, with over 740,000 of them traveling by automobile. TDOT says they want to offer those travelers “maximum roadway capacity.”

“Tennessee’s interstates and state routes will be especially busy during the July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a statement. “We will be suspending lane closures for this holiday travel period to help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”

However, some drivers will still encounter some long-term lane closures on some road construction sites. Workers may be present on some construction sites and reduced speed zones will remain in effect for those areas. Speeding in work zones could bring a fine of $250-$500, court fees, and possibly higher insurance rates, According to TDOT.

TDOT suggests checking construction activity and traffic delays on the state’s SmartWay traffic cameras, which can be accessed at www.tnsmartway.com/traffic. Motorists can also dial 511 for travel information. 

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