Crews are preparing to make safety improvements to Chapman Highway in the Seymour area.

This fall, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is resurfacing a seven-mile stretch of the roadway between Foothills Road and Whites School Road.

TDOT said it will also reconfigure the lanes to add a center turn lane.

"Using the existing pavement that is there now, we are modifying the highway from a four-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway with passing lanes," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.

TDOT also plans to drop the speed limit from 55 to 50 mph along that section of road.

The work is part of a series of safety improvements to "address the extensive crash history on Chapman Highway," Nagi said.

Drivers should be aware of workers and expect possible lane closures between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the project. Nagi said lane closures for the resurfacing work will take place at non-peak hours so morning and evening commutes are not impacted.

Construction is expected to wrap up in December. Additional information is available on the TDOT website.

Nagi said TDOT is still developing three other projects along Chapman Highway toward Knoxville. Those projects are still in the plans development process.