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This Week at NCDOT: Most Lane Closures Suspended for Holiday, "Operation Firecracker"



RA​​LEIGH – 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.

Most Lane Closures Suspended for Fourth of July

The state will temporarily suspend most highway construction projects that cause lane closures to help reduce the anticipated increased traffic over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

NCDOT will keep lanes open where possible on major routes from the evening of July 2 until the morning of July 7. There are some locations, however, where the type of construction or the status of the project requires lane closures to remain in place for safety reasons.

Drivers can check the status of the route they plan to take in advance by going to

GHSP's "Operation Firecracker"

Drivers should also be aware that the Fourth of July is a time for law enforcement to crack down on drunk driving.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is running its “Operation Firecracker” campaign through July 5, which is geared toward catching people who are driving under the influence. This year, GHSP is also asking motorists to support sober driving by writing with window chalk on their vehicles #KeysFreeNC.

​If you plan to drink alcohol this holiday weekend, or any day, rely on a designated driver, call a friend, or use a cab or ride-sharing service.


7/2/2020 11:08 AM