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This Week at NCDOT: Memorial Day Travel & a Ship Making History



RALEIGH​– The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Memorial Day Weekend Travel

Usually Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, but this year, AAA expects the pandemic will keep travel volumes down.

Last year, AAA estimated 1.3 million North Carolinians drove somewhere for the three-day weekend. Reports indicate fewer people will hit the road for the holiday this year, but that doesn’t mean everyone will stay at home. NCDOT wants you to get to your destination safely – whether it’s the beach or the grocery store down the street.

To get safe driving tips, go to our website and search "safety". And for the most up-to-date travel information for your route, go to

Large Ship Making History in Wilmington

History was made on the coast this week. The largest ship in N.C. Ports history arrived at the Port of Wilmington on Wednesday.

The MV Hyundai Hope has a carrying capacity of nearly 14,000 TEUs, which can be used to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity. It’s also one of the largest ships calling the East Coast.

This historic milestone would not have been possible without recent investments.

More COVID-19 Information

It continues to be important to know where you can find the most reliable information about COVID-19. North Carolina is frequently updating its government website devoted to the pandemic. The website contains the latest data about the virus, tips for social distancing, plus unemployment information and where to find help for small businesses.

NCDOT continues to also provide updates as necessary and those can be found on our website.​


5/21/2020 11:53 AM