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AAA says this could be one of the busiest holiday travel seasons in years, so here’s some good news for those of you who will be hitting the road in Tennessee.

TDOT has halted road construction for the the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23, through 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5..

Get real time road conditions and delays on the WBIR traffic page

“With two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s imperative that we do everything possible to keep traffic moving and minimize congestion,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We also want to keep our roadways safe. Our law enforcement partners will be out in full force, so wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.”

There are a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, and workers may still be on-site in some construction zones, so drive cautiously in those areas. If you are caught speeding in a construction zone, you could be fined $ 250 to $ 500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase about 4.8% in Tennessee this year, with two million expected to hit the roads over the holidays. With gas prices at their lowest since 2008, more people are expected to drive to a holiday destination.

Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or you may call 511. 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.

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