Life is a Highway

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this holiday.

TDOT will halt all lane-closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction-related lane closures were stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday and continuing through Monday at 6 a.m.  

“Thanksgiving is typically the most traveled holiday of the year,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “Halting road work during this time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

While all lane closures will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones.

Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

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.

AAA projects 50 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving.

In Tennessee, the expectation is 1.2 million travelers. However, these figures could be even lower as Americans monitor the public health landscape, including rising COVID-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel-health notices.

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Travelers can also dial 511 from any landline or cellular phone for travel information, or follow them on Twitter at for statewide travel.

Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cellphone while behind the wheel.