The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate road work from the afternoon of May 24 until the morning of May 28 to allow residents to travel without construction delays during Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from TDOT.
Road work will halt at noon Friday, May 24, and resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Drivers may encounter some lane closures while traveling through long-term construction projects on interstates such as I-440 in Nashville, the agency said.
“Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of crashes and traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” said Jeff Long, the commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, in the release. “We continue to see an increase in distracted driving crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. We hope that drivers will make safe choices when traveling on our roadways. State Troopers will do their best to enforce the traffic laws and keep all Tennesseans safe.”
More than 752,000 Tennesseans will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, according to AAA. The association estimates nearly 43 million Americans overall will travel during Memorial Day weekend, a 3.6% increase from last year.
For the latest on traffic and delays, visit TDOT’s live traffic watch here.