Partnership with Highway Patrol establishes immediate removal of disabled/abandoned vehicles
CHARLOTTE -In a few weeks, thousands of visitors will converge on Charlotte for the 46th Democratic National Convention Sept. 3-6. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are partnering to ensure safety for attendees and commuters traveling local highways during this event.
The two agencies are generating an ordinance to swiftly remove disabled or abandoned vehicles from the shoulder of specific roads in the Metrolina region. Any vehicles parked in these areas will be immediately towed to ensure safe, efficient travel for motorists.
The ordinance will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 on the following roads:
- I-85 from the Cleveland/Gaston County line to the Cabarrus/Rowan County line;
- I-77 from the South Carolina line to the I-40 interchange in Iredell County;
- I-485 in Mecklenburg County;
- I-277 in Mecklenburg County;
- U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) in Mecklenburg County from I-277 to Albemarle Road; and
- N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) in Mecklenburg County from I-77 to I-85.
NCDOT will utilize overhead message signs and portable message signs to alert motorists of problem areas and suggested alternate routes around incidents and congestion. The Department advises motorists to check for real time traffic information by calling 511, by signing up for updates on Twitter, or by using NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website found at m.ncdot.gov.