TDOT suspends lane closures for Memorial Day holiday weekend
For the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon Friday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Interim TDOT Commissioner Joe Galbato. “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.”
Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long-term construction projects.
In addition, drivers should know 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.
Despite historically high gas prices, nearly 87% of Tennessee Memorial Day travelers plan to drive. AAA says 698,000 Tennesseans are forecast to take a holiday road trip. That’s 4.1% more than last year’s holiday weekend.