As families travel over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving celebrations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make holiday trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.
NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along interstate, North Carolina, and U.S. routes from now until midnight, Sunday. There are exceptions to this across the state, several of those projects are in eastern North Carolina. In western North Carolina, eastbound U.S. 74 in Cleveland County has a one-lane pattern just east of Sandy Run Creek bridges and a one-lane detour route along new ramps for Peachtree Road and back to U.S. 74. In Haywood County, the outside lane of westbound I-40 at Exit 15 is closed due to damaged girders under the bridge; and U.S. 23/74 in Jackson County has lane closures in place for bridgework.
DOT has additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season. Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible. Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones. Be patient and obey the posted speed limit. Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion. Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511. Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks. Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.
For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
In addition, the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign is now underway and will run through November 29. Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide, watching for people who aren’t buckled up.