Lane closures halted for Independence Day holiday


Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said it is is suspending all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, June 29 through 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

“Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “To help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time.”

Motorists will still encounter some long-term lane closures on construction projects. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

AAA projects a record breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Independence Day weekend, a 5 percent increase from last year. More than 927,000 Tennesseans will travel during the holiday, with over 831,000 driving to their destinations.