Memorial Day holiday traffic expected to surge 60% over 2020; TDOT halts lane closures to ease traffic

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, May 28 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
“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 Commissioner Clay Bright.
TDOT noted motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long-term construction projects.
In addition, drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums, the department said.
“We’re asking motorists to drive safely this Memorial Day weekend,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. “Traffic is picking back up and with it speeding and distracted driving crashes. State troopers will work to enforce traffic laws to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities across the state.”
AAA estimates nearly 37 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, 60% more than last year, still almost six million fewer than pre-pandemic. Over 776,000 Tennesseans plan to travel, with more than 687,000 driving to their Memorial Day destinations.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any landline or cell phone for travel information,

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