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TDOT to stop lane closures on highways over Thanksgiving holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said they would make sure lanes aren't closed while motorists travel for Thanksgiving, from Nov. 24 through Nov. 28.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Travelers in Tennessee won't need to worry about construction-related lane closures over Thanksgiving. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said they would stop all lane closure activity on interstates and highways starting at 12 p.m. Nov. 24 through midnight Nov. 28.

Thanksgiving is usually when roads see the most amount of travelers, and officials said they wanted to make sure roads could handle the increased number of drivers without congestion.

The department's regional HELP Trucks will also work throughout the holiday weekend, responding to incidents that may occur on highways with the increased travel activity.

Officials also warned that while lane closures may stop during the holiday period, workers could still be on-site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures for large projects may also stay in place if it is required for driver safety.

Officials with AAA said more than 53.4 million Americans are expected to take to the roads over Thanksgiving, up 13% from 2020. And just in Tennessee, officials expect 1.2 million travelers.

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