Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now.
Spread the Holiday Spirit by Being Smarter When Driving
NCDOT and law enforcement across the state want you to be smart and stay safe as you hit the road for the holidays. If you will be drinking, do not drive. You're smarter than that. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or use public transportation, a rideshare app or the BeSmarterThanThat.com mobile site. Law enforcement across the state will be out looking for impaired drivers as part of the annual, year-end Booze It and Lose It enforcement campaign. If you see an impaired driver, contact law enforcement. Your actions could save someone's life. Also, remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
Holiday Travel: Saving Time and Money
To help make your holiday travels a little smoother, NCDOT will suspend most road construction on major routes from 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, until midnight on Monday, Dec. 26, with some exceptions:
U.S. 264 in Hyde County will have one lane closed with portable traffic signals
N.C. 24 in Sampson County will have one lane closed between Mitchell Loop Road and the U.S. 421/701 Bypass
U.S. 74 between Sugar Loaf Road and Mount Pleasant Church Road in Jackson County will have a lane closure
In addition, there are dozens of local roads in the eastern part of the state that remain closed because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. When applicable, those roads have signed detours in place.
Help keep you and your loved ones safe by driving the posted speed limit and not driving distracted. One text or call could wreck it all. Always buckle-up and make sure your passengers do too. Click It or Ticket. Every seat. Every time. It's the law.