Monday, July 4, 2022

Road construction halts for holiday weekend

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be shutting down major construction projects that could affect travelers this weekend. Key N.C. routes will keep all lanes open to ensure traffic continues to flow.

It’s estimated nearly 1.2 million North Carolinians will travel at least 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend, which is a 7.2% increase from 2021.

There are some exceptions where construction conditions do not allow for the opening of all lanes. That includes projects where highways are being rebuilt or widened, or where a new bridge may be going into place. Construction work that does not impact the travel lanes can take place over the extended weekend.

NCDOT encourages passengers to be extra cautious during this heavily traveled timespan. All occupants should be wearing seatbelts, obeying speed limits and designated a sober driver, if needed.

The Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies have started a Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket campaign in all counties. There will be checkpoints at various locations through June 5.

If traveling out of state, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by checking on possible face covering rules or other restrictions at their destinations. NCDOT also advises leaving early, as the holiday weekend always results in heavy traffic.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.


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