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Good news, drivers. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the department will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.
While interstates will be clear of road work, AAA predicts more than 2.5 million Tennessee motorists are expected to travel by car between Christmas and New Year’s Day. That's 5.1 percent more travelers than last year.
But before we recap five recent transportation stories, we want to know if you'll be hitting the road this holiday season. Be sure to cast a your vote in the poll below.
How will you travel this holiday season?
Traveling out of Nashville this week or next? AAA projects a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers, or one-third of Americans, will hit the nation's roads, runways and railways. The holiday period — officially defined as Saturday, Dec. 22, until Tuesday, Jan. 1. — will see the highest travel volumes since AAA began tracking holiday traffic in 2001.
A new short-term parking garage at Nashville International Airport opens Thursday, just in time for holiday travelers.
The $115 million parking and transportation center, which features 2,200 spaces throughout its six levels, is new designated location for convenient garage parking and ground transportation. You'll also find a ride-hailing area, tire inflation station and other features.
Lyft scooters are officially on the streets of Nashville. The company joins other dockless scooter companies Bird and Lime, which launched earlier this year.
Dockless scooters were under a city-wide banned over the summer pending new legislation by Metro Council. The council established new rules for companies, including a cap on the number of vehicles per company.
The two speed tables, which cost $2,700 each, are flat-topped with a height of up to 3.5 inches and length up to 22 feet. The tables will remain in place until the Hillwood Bridge is reconstructed in August.
Metro Nashville launched a tool that allows residents to track road, sidewalk and sewer construction in their neighborhoods. NashDigs, an interactive map updated daily, displays ongoing projects by Public Works, Metro Water Services and other entities.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.