Construction across the state of Tennessee will be suspended for Independence Day travelers, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). 

A Monday morning press release from TDOT detailed that all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 3 would be suspended through 6 a.m. on Monday, July 8 to allow for maximum roadway capacity during the holiday. 

“It is estimated that 985,000 motorists will travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright stated in the release. “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, according to the release. Though lane closure activity will cease, TDOT reminds drivers that workers may be on site in construction zones, and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  

Drivers are also reminded that those 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.

The press release noted that AAA projects 48.9 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, a 4.1% increase from last year. An estimated 985,000 Tennesseans will travel during the holiday, with an estimated 892,000 driving to their destinations, according to TDOT.

For more information about the latest construction activity and to access live-streaming SmartWay traffic cameras, visit this website from your desktop or mobile device. 

Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow TDOT on Twitter for statewide travel.  

TDOT reminds drivers to use all motorist information tools wisely and check travel conditions before leaving for a destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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