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This Week at NCDOT: Traffic info for your summer travel from the mountains to the coast, Fortify update, Memorial Day Click it or Ticket Campaign begins and Wi-Fi now available on Piedmont train

RALEIGH - The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
With visitors coming and going to the Outer Banks, traffic in Currituck and Dare counties along U.S. 158 and N.C. 168 can get congested on weekends in the summer. NCDOT has worked with local municipalities and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau to implement measures to alleviate congestion during the summer travel season.
Ferry Travel
Taking a ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands this summer? Remember that the early bird catches the ferry. Consider going early in the day to avoid wait times.
The North Carolina Ferry Division is beefing up its schedule on Pamlico Sound and adjusting times on its Hatteras Inlet route to better serve residents and visitors during the busy summer season.
Wilmington Area
Lane closures on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County over Honey Island Swamp will be in place until the end of June. Third Street in downtown Wilmington is closed for a bridge replacement located between Campbell Street and Brunswick Street, with alternate routes available for this heavily-traveled area. In addition, some traffic shifts will be in place on the U.S. 17/74/76 Causeway project later this summer.
Mountain Travel
Work continues on the widening of U.S. 321 through Blowing Rock. No traffic stops will take place until later this month; however, motorists can expect temporary lane shifts just south of Tanger Outlets.
Starting June 10, traffic will be shifted and one lane closed in each direction between mile markers six and eight of I-40 in Haywood County for about three weeks. The westbound on-ramp at Exit 7 to access the Pisgah National Forest is closed. Detour signs are in place to help you access the forest.
The North Carolina Welcome Center just beyond the construction area will remain accessible.
If your summer travels require you to take I-40 through the Triangle, be sure to plan ahead and keep an eye out for alternate routes, so you don't get stuck in traffic on the Fortify project. Signs have been placed in several locations to help motorists avoid going through the work zone by using alternate routes.
The Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" campaign runs through the holiday weekend, ending on May 31. Law enforcement officers will be out day and night enforcing "Click It or Ticket" for drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up.
On May 25, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Piedmont train, NCDOT's Rail Division will launch its

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM

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