Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, May 25 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.
This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this weekend.
“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the busy Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” Commissioner John Schroer said.“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. There will be enforced speed limits in work zones.
“Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey said. “Currently, we are seeing 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.”
According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday. This marks the highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday. An estimated 727,000 Tennesseans will be driving to their Memorial Day destinations.
Travelers can get the latest construction activity at TNSmartWay.com/Traffic, as well as dial the number 511 from their phones for travel information.