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NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH As the fall and winter travel seasons approach, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save money and time by suspending most road construction work across the state over the Thanksgiving holiday. Avoiding traffic delays will help ensure motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption. Historically, congestion during the Thanksgiving weekend can be heavy at various times and locations throughout the state. To better help motorists plan for this year, NCDOT has compiled 2013 traffic data to develop maps showing congestion on North Carolina interstates the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day last year. By clicking the play button on the bottom left corner of each map, you can view traffic congestion at hourly intervals. You can also zoom and pan to specific areas of the state. Similar information is also available for Virginia interstates. Motorists can keep tabs on this year's travel conditions with real-time travel information at any time by calling 511, visiting the NCDOT traffic website or following NCDOT on Twitter. To also help travelers in North Carolina, most construction projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, until 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1, with the following exceptions:

  • U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;
  • N.C. 94 in Hyde County is reduced to one lane for culvert replacements on the Lake Mattamuskeet causeway;
  • U.S. 264 in Dare County between Stumpy Point and Engelhard is reduced to one lane in three locations for the replacement of three bridges;
  • U.S. 158 in Hertford County between Murfreesboro and Winton is reduced to one lane for paving. There will be no lane closures on Thanksgiving day;
  • N.C. 137 in Gates County is closed at U.S. 158/13 as part of a widening project along U.S. 158/13. N.C. 137 traffic is currently following a signed detour;
  • In Raleigh the two lanes of the I-40 West ramp onto I-440 West is reduced to one lane, and I-440 is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project;
  • I-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes in each direction between I-40 and I-85 for a new interchange with High Point Road; and
  • I-295 Fayetteville Outer Loop will close the outbound (southbound) lanes of All-American Freeway between Fort Bragg and Santa Fe Drive

Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways 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 zone areas.

***NCDOT***

2/15/2018 5:22 PM