Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July Fourth holiday, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT announced Monday it will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon Wednesday, July 3, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 8, to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said it is estimated 985,000 motorists will travel Tennessee highways during the holiday, and suspension of lane closures is “to help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”

Motorists still will 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 in work zones will remain 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.

AAA projects a record-breaking 48.9 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, a 4.1% increase from last year.

In Blount County

Contractor reports indicate grading operations on the eastern side of Alcoa Highway will continue this week in preparation for constructing the new Tyson Boulevard underpass as well as a detention pond. The contractor also will install water and gas lines along Hunt Road and Mills Street.

The utility work along West Hunt Road will require a flagging operation that will result in temporary lane closures. These closures will be in non-commute hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The contractor also will continue installation of an AT&T conduit along Alcoa Highway and will begin placing fill soil to facilitate the installation of a sewer line for the next phase of Alcoa Highway construction. Plus, workers will install storm drainage along the new alignment of West Hunt Road. As TDOT announced, there will be no lane closures allowed from Wednesday, July 3, at noon until 6 a.m. Monday, July 8.

Next week, July 8-12, work in those same locations will continue. However, the utility work along West Hunt Road will require a flagging operation, which will result in temporary lane closures. These closures will be in non-commute hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The latest construction activity and live streaming from SmartWay traffic cameras is available at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers also can dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.

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