Sunday, June 23, 2024

NCDOT suspends most roadwork ahead of holiday traffic

NCDOT will pause roadwork on major interstates, U.S. and key state routes beginning Friday, Dec. 22; it will resume Jan. 2, 2024. (Port City Daily/File)

As motorists take to the roadways Friday for one of the busiest travel days of the year, the N.C. Department of Transportation has announced the suspension of most construction on major highways.

Work along interstates, U.S. and key state routes will pause until Jan. 2, 2024.

According to NCDOT, some exceptions include bridges being replaced, long-term lane construction that cannot be temporarily removed and highway work that does not impact travel. For example, Interstate 40 in Haywood County will have lane closures in place for safety reasons.

To see what roads are impacted, visit

Also, NCDOT suggest this tips be considered ahead of the holiday as well:

  • Leave early for your destination.
  • Travel at non-peak hours and use alternative routes
  • Allow extra time for your trip, regardless of the route you choose
  • Don’t drive drowsy — make frequent breaks if needed and take advantage of the state’s rest areas
  • Avoid driving distracted and pay attention to surroundings and other vehicles

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Shea Carver
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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