Monday, August 15, 2022

NCDOT suspends lane closures for holiday travel

(Courtesy NCDOT)

As 48 million people prepare to travel across the U.S. this July 4th, the state department of transportation has instructed contractors to remove practically all lane closures. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion throughout the holiday weekend. 

All lane closures on North Carolina interstates and highways will lift on Thursday, June 30 and remain open through the evening of Tuesday, July 5.

“A few construction projects — usually bridge replacements — requiring long-term lane closures will retain the current traffic patterns,” the NCDOT noted in a release.

The department advises motorists to travel with caution through work zones and view travel conditions online through the state site ahead of hitting the road.

Other safety tips from NCDOT include: 

  • Leave early. Travel at non-peak hours and use alternative routes to avoid the heaviest traffic congestion. 
  • Stay alert. Even when work is paused, you may encounter narrowed lanes, shifts in traffic and lower speed limits through work zones.
  • Be patient.
  • Don’t drive drowsy. For extended drives, take frequent breaks to remain alert.
  • Don’t drive distracted. When drivers are not focused on the road, they react slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in a crash.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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