Memorial Day: What you need to know before you travel

Nearly 775,000 Tennesseans will head out of town this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, the biggest group to travel for the holiday since the recession, AAA reports.


All construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes will be suspended from noon today through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

For the latest information on road conditions, see TDOT's SmartWay website at


The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be increasing patrols and holding "no refusal" enforcement this weekend. This allows troopers to get search warrants for blood samples if they suspect a driver is impaired.

DOCUMENT: Locations of No Refusal checkpoints (pdf)


While gas prices have held steady in recent weeks, compared to a year ago residents in Tennessee are paying more for fuel. The current state average is $3.45.

Around the state:

Nashville $3.47

Knoxville $3.42

Chattanooga $3.46

Memphis $3.39


Click here for a listing of Memorial Day events in East Tennessee


Several Tennessee state parks will be holding events over the Memorial Day weekend. Find details at


While most travelers this weekend will be on the road, AAA expects nearly 55,000 people in Tennessee to take to the skies to reach their destinations.

For people traveling through McGhee Tyson Airport, visit to keep apprised of the latest information on flights, as well as details on parking and check-in.


It looks mainly dry and pleasant with highs in the lower to middle 80s, and lows at night in the middle to upper 80s. Mostly sunny skies and mainly dry weather are anticipated, with a slight chance for isolated thundershowers on Memorial Day.

Check out the 10Weather page for the latest weather info, and don't forget to get the WBIR weather app for temperatures and live radar.


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