Holiday traffic through the work zone expected to be smooth
Raleigh-Motorists traveling through the Fortify construction zone on I-40/440 in southwest Raleigh may notice construction crews are not on the job -at least for a few days. Workers have off from Friday, May 23, 2014, until Wednesday evening, May 29, 2014, for a well-deserved break. This time off will also give holiday travelers a break from construction traffic, which has the potential to slow their commute to the beach!
Here are some 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 conditionsandare more likely to be involved in an accident.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.Another way to "know before you go" is with NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. The site has a number of features to help travelers, in addition to providing up-to-the-minute traffic information. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone.
Also, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend and ends on June 1. During that time, law enforcement officers will step up patrols statewide and cite those who do not buckle up. NCDOT produced a public service announcement to remind drivers and passengers that wearing a seat belt is not an option; the law applies to "Every Seat. Every Time."
While you're behind the wheel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, remember your job is to be a safe driver, so buckle up, focus on the road, and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.