NASHVILLE - Just in for the holidays: Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will halt all temporary lane closure activities beginning Christmas Eve day until Jan. 2.
The directive affects interstates and state highways in anticipation of some two million travelers in Tennessee. It takes effect at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and last until 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.
"Two million drivers are expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, and we want to do everything possible to maximize capacity on our roadways," TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a news release. "We also want to keep our roadways safe."
He said law enforcement "will be out in full force so wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions and don't drive if you've been drinking."
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...