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Resurfacing Project to Improve Drainage on I-85 North Near Thomasville

RALEIGH - Traveling along I-85 North in Davidson County during rainy conditions will become safer once the N.C. Department of Transportation completes a project to improve roadway drainage on section of I-85 North near N.C. 109/Randolph Street (Exit 103). Weather permitting, NCDOT will close the two left lanes of I-85 North at N.C. 109/Randolph Street (Exit 103), beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, until noon on Saturday, Sept. 21. During the closure, the road will be paved with a porous type of asphalt that helps drain water away from the road surface and reduces tire spray. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone and allow additional travel time to reach their destinations. While the resurfacing project will improve drainage on this section of I-85 North, motorists are reminded there are several steps they can take when driving in wet weather, including:

  • Making sure to use your windshield wipers and turning on your headlights, which is required by North Carolina if the wipers are on;
  • Using the defroster to increase visibility;
  • Turning off your cruise control, reducing your speed by at least five to 10 miles per hour and allowing at least twice the normal following distance;
  • Making sure your tires have adequate tread before starting your trip;
  • Avoiding driving through flooded areas, even if they seem shallow. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and pick-ups;
  • Tapping your brake pedal to help dry your brake rotors after driving through a puddle;
  • Taking your foot off the gas if your vehicle starts to hydroplane, applying the brakes in a steady, slightly firm manner without stomping and steering in the direction of the skid. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch and let the car slow down on its own; and
  • If the rain is extremely heavy, pull over in a safe area on the roadside with your emergency flashers on, away from any trees or other tall objects, and wait for the weather to improve.

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2/19/2018 7:49 AM