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TDOT prepared for more than 2.5 million drivers between December 23 to January 2

TDOT will halt temporary lane closures to help keep traffic moving.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is prepared for more than 2.5 million holiday drivers between December 23 and January 2. 

Starting Thursday there will be no temporary lane closures except for a few long-term closures that must remain for safety. 

"We'll halt those temporary lane closures so if there's a temporary closure out there with barrels or what not we'll try to lift those," Nichole Lawrence with TDOT said. "That way the motorists have the maximum capacity of the roadways so they can safely travel to and from their destinations." 

There might be workers in some construction zones, so drivers will need to be aware of the posted speed limit. Slower speeds will be necessary due to the temporary layout of the lanes. 

Lawrence said TDOT will have extra yellow emergency trucks on the roadways for any driver who might need assistance.

"Typically in the Shelby County area we're isolated to that area, but during events such as the Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas and New Years, we do try to extend those are services to help if there's a stranded motorist or if there's an accident somewhere along the way," Lawrence said. 

You can also check TDOT's Smart Way map for updates on if there are any traffic delays or accidents on your route. 

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