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TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 04:01am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
 
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 25 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
 
“Suspending interstate construction in Tennessee during the Easter holiday will permit a free flow of traffic,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This should lessen travel interruptions for the many motorists traveling on our roadways to spend time with their families this holiday weekend.”
 
Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced. 
 
Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or you may call 5‑1‑1. You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages. Smart phone users can use the new TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.
 
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go!by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
 
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For more information:
B.J. Doughty
TDOT Public Information Manager
Office 615.350.4302
Mobile 615.714.8556