TDOT takes advantage of pandemic to work on roads

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Across the state of Tennessee, there were fewer people on the roads which allowed construction crews to power through infrastructure projects.

Drivers headed back to work may have noticed some changes to roadways.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation made headway on projects during the coronavirus crisis. Less traffic allowed construction crews to work longer hours.

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“Those few hours may make up for it," said Nichole Lawrence, TDOT. "Say it rained yesterday or the day before. A couple more hours a week may help a little, but it really just keeps everything running smoothly and on time.”

According to TDOT, in the Memphis area, there are 20 to 25 percent fewer drivers on the road in comparison to the same time last year.

“We think of Memphis as a transportation hub of the state. So that is what we factor in when we think about the differences across the state,” said Lawrence.

TDOT said with few people on the roads it has become safer for crews to work overnight projects during the day.

TDOT did not have to lay anyone off during the pandemic.

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