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TDOT to halt road work for weekend

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While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend, said Governors Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and dont get behind the wheel if youve had too much to drink or are impaired in any way.

Nationwide travel is expected to see a 2.9 percent increase from last years numbers.The summer travel season is expected to close with an estimated 33 million travelers taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home. AAA Auto Club South projects that nearly 591,000 Tennesseans will travel by car this Labor Day holiday, an increase in travel through the state compared to last years numbers.

For up-to-date travel information, motorists can call 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone or visit phone users can use the TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at to access TDOTs SmartWay cameras, incident information and messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs. Travelers can also get instant traffic alerts by following TDOT on Twitter.

Motorists are reminded that texting while driving is against the law in Tennessee, so please use these motorist information tools responsibly.

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