- Weather permitting, crews will put the finishing touches this weekend on an N.C. Department of Transportation
project to improve safety for motorists traveling during rainy conditions on I-85 in Davidson County.NCDOT has resurfaced sections of I-85 between Exit 88 (N.C. 47) and the Randolph County line with a porous type of asphalt that helps drain water away from the road surface and reduces tire spray. To complete the project, crews must install pavement marking reflectors that will increase the visibility of the pavement marking lines at night and during inclement weather.Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, crews will install intermittent lane closures in several locations along this stretch of I-85 North. Crews will begin installing the reflectors near Exit 88 (N.C. 47). When work is complete at that location, crews will move to an area around Exit 96 (U.S. 64) and then to an area around Exit 103 (N.C. 109).On Sunday, Feb. 2, crews will install the pavement marking reflectors in the southbound lanes. Work will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., with intermittent lanes closures on I-85 South near the Randolph County line and in the area around Exit 94 (Old U.S. 64).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, motorists are reminded there are several steps they can take when driving in wet weather, including:
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- 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.