The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state highways will be suspended for the July 4 holiday weekend.
The ban on temporary lane closures will make travel easier for motorists who decide to hit the road in Tennessee over the holiday weekend.
According to AAA projections, all types of travel are expected to increase 17.1 percent from 2009 with an estimated 34.9 million traveling this July 4. In Tennessee, AAA predicts some 630,771 motorists will hit the roadways.
No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways from noon on Friday, July 2 until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6.
Motorists will still encounter some long-term lane closures on construction projects. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect.
Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
Fore the latest information on travel conditions across the state, dial 511 or visit www.TN511.com .