NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is telling employees and contractors to knock off work for Christmas and New Year travel.

There will be no temporary lane closures from 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says 2 million drivers are expected to be on Tennessee's roads over the holidays and TDOT wants to minimize delays for them.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee is trying to make your holiday travels just a bit easier.

Transportation Commissioner John Schroer is ordering road construction in the state to stop by noon Friday. It won’t resume until Tuesday morning.

There still could be workers on the site of some construction zones, so obeying lowered speed limits is still required.

Captain David McGill of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the THP will not be taking take the holiday off.  


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to open a single southbound lane of Interstate 75 at the site of that massive rock slide in Campbell County.

TDOT intends to open one of the two southbound lanes today at the 143 mile marker, not far from the Kentucky border.

The slide occurred on March 8. Then, on May 7, a second slide occurred, further disrupting traffic.

TDOT’s Mark Nagi says the project will take months, and with good reason.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials are promoting motorcycle safety awareness month as motorcycle fatalities rise in Tennessee.

Thirty-eight motorcyclists have died in state crashes this year, up 31 percent from 2011.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the unseasonably warm weather may be partially to blame for the increase.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  That State of Tennessee is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2012. As of Thursday, 305 people have died on the state’s highways, an increase of 26 deaths over the same period last year.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the increase, because the trend in recent years has been toward a steady decline in highway deaths.

TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the state suspects several factors are contributing to the rise in fatalities.