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TDOT to halt roadwork for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during the busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes.

All construction-related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon Wednesday through 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

"Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destination this year," TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. "Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday."

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

A statement issued by TDOT noted some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists' safety.

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