TDOT: No lane closures during Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 27-Dec. 2

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There will be no lane closures this holiday weekend, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Fotolia)

There will be no lane closures this holiday weekend, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Fotolia)

To help cut down on travel delays during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Nov. 25 it will pause all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways.

All construction-related lane closures will stop at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will resume at 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

“1.2 million motorists are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year in Tennessee,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said in a release. “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.”

While lane closures will not be in place, TDOT officials said workers may still be working in some areas, and long-term lane closures will also stay in place, so drivers are cautioned to obey posted speeds.

Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and TDOT have announced a partnership with local law enforcement for the I-40 Challenge, which aims to have zero fatalities along the roadway from Nov. 27-Dec. 1. To this end, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is expected to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along the roadway and an increased presence on all highways, according to TDOT.


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