THP ramps up patrols for Thanksgiving holiday, TDOT halts lane closures

NOV. 22 – Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon today through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. 

“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This is the most traveled holiday of the year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

TDOT reminds motorists  to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

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Adamsville man dies in single-vehicle crash

NOV. 20 – A 24-year-old Adamsville man died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in McNairy County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Joshua L. Wilkerson was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima north on Tenn. 224 in the Michie area. The vehicle veered off the east side of the road and hit a tree.

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Local woman dies in crash with log truck

NOV. 14 – A Savannah woman was fatally injured this morning when her vehicle collided with an unloaded log truck on Tenn. 69 near Walnut Grove.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Melanie Wisdom, 53, who was killed, was driving a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer south on Tenn. 69. Stoney Burden, 48, of Town Creek, Alabama, was driving a 1999 Mack tractor-trailer northbound on the highway.

Wisdom crossed the center line and hit the log truck’s trailer in the left rear. After impact, the Chevy rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the southbound lane.

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