The Tennessee Department of Transportation is gearing up for heavy traffic expected on Tennessee roadways as a result of the Wilson County Fair, which begins Friday and runs through Aug. 23, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
High traffic volumes are expected to pass through Wilson County next week, affecting interstate highways, state routes and local roads near the fair venue. As in years past, TDOT is working closely with local officials to make sure traffic flows smoothly to and from the fairgrounds.
TDOT will close the right lane of Interstate 40 west near Exit 239 at Watertown on Friday and Saturday, as well as the following weekend, Aug. 22-23. This will provide traffic leaving the fair and traveling toward Nashville easy access onto I-40.
Additional message boards will be in place to notify motorists of the proper lane of travel and fair exits, while local law enforcement will direct traffic at the fairgrounds entrances.
Any motorists not attending the fair are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area if possible. TDOT also asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state.
For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Travelers can also dial 511 from any landline or cellular phone for travel information.