TDOT to pause road construction during holiday travel period

TDOT to pause road construction during holiday travel period

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it will halt all road construction and lane closures between Christmas and New Year's while holiday traffic is at its peak.

No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 through 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  

"Two million drivers are expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, and we want to do everything possible to minimize delays," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "We also want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely – so buckle up, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and always designate a sober driver."

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period. 

Workers may still be on site in some construction zones. 

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase nearly two percent in Tennessee this year, with 2 million expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Across the U.S., 84.4 million people are expected to drive to their year-end holiday destinations, each logging an estimated 760 miles round trip.

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