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Tennessee DOT Halts Highway Construction on I-75 for Holidays

Road construction won’t delay I-75 travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on I-75 and other interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

“With over two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive.”

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period. Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones. Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced. 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.


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Georgia Restricts Lane Closures on I-75 for Christmas & New Year’s Weekends

With the stresses of the holiday season and the increased holiday traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation aims to ease traffic congestion and associated driving anxieties with suspension of construction-related lane closures on I-75 and other interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, shopping districts and tourist locations.

Lane closure restrictions are as follows:

  • Christmas – no lane closures from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 22 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 26.
  • New Year’s – no lane closures from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 29 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.

“There is normally an uptick in drunk driving during the holiday season. If you plan to drink, please designate a sober driver in advance or arrange to be picked up,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “I always urge drivers to drive defensively, but especially at this time of year, remember to be extra cautious. Slow down and drive alert. Put down the cell phone and make sure you and your passengers buckle up. Let’s make this a happy season for all.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as crews may still work in proximity to highways and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any interstate or state route.


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Lane Closures, Holiday Suspensions for I-75 Construction in Tampa Bay Area

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction and maintenance operations in the Tampa Bay area that may impact your travel, through January 2, 2018:

  • Tampa – The right lane may be closed on northbound I-75 about two miles north of I-4 (Exit 261) approaching the Tampa Bypass Canal (south of Fowler Ave./Exit 265) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (December 17 – 21) nights.
  • Tampa – One lane may be closed and controlled by flagging operations on Sligh Avenue under the I-4/I-75 interchange area any time of the day or night Friday and Saturday (December 15 and 16) and Monday through Friday (December 18 – 22).
  • Wesley Chapel/San Antonio – One lane may be closed on southbound I-75 from SR 52 (Exit 285) to CR 54 (Exit 279) between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday (December 17 – 20) nights.
  • Brooksville – One lane may be closed in each direction of I-75 from south of SR 50 (Exit 301) to the Hernando/Sumter counties line between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (December 17 – 21) nights.

Holiday Travel News

No interstate closures in the Tampa Bay area over the holidays

Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL – No closures are scheduled on the interstate system in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties during the holiday period from December 24, 2017 through January 2, 2018.


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AAA Holiday Travel Headache Hotspots

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), reports that based on historical and recent travel trends, they expect drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros,” says Dr. Graham Cookson, chief economist & head of research at INRIX. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes.”

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Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

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