Tennessee Halts Road Construction for Memorial Day

TDOT will suspend lane closures to ease Memorial Day travel.

NASHVILLE – Road construction will not delay motorists on Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes from noon on Friday, May 24 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, to maximize roadway capacity for the expected increase in travelers.

“We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible,” said Deputy Governor & TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley. He also reminded drivers of the law requiring them to move over and slow down for first responders and emergency vehicles, including TDOT HELP trucks, which will be on patrol during the holiday weekend.

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions due to long-term construction projects. Additionally, reduced speed limits will remain in effect in work zones, and drivers speeding through these areas where workers are present can face fines up to $500, plus court fees and potentially higher insurance premiums.

AAA projects that 926,251 Tennesseans, a record number, will travel for Memorial Day, with 783,990 of them driving to their destinations.

For the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras, visit www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also call 511 for travel information. Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and check travel conditions before departing. It is crucial to avoid tweeting, texting, or talking on a cell phone while driving.

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