Wrecked, abandoned or disabled vehicles in a highway work zone can be dangerous. To keep drivers safe and traffic moving, the N.C. Department of Transportation quickly tows vehicles from major construction projects.
How It Works
During construction, tow trucks are staged in the work zone and at nearby highway exits, as well as any key alternate routes. They typically respond to the scene within minutes. For a disabled vehicle or a minor, single-vehicle crash, the towing operators often clear the vehicle from the work zone in less than 20 minutes.
Tow trucks can be summoned by law enforcement, NCDOT personnel, or the department’s NCDOT Safety Patrol. If your vehicle breaks down on the interstate, dial *HP for assistance.
Which Interstates Are Covered?
NCDOT initiated these quick-towing contracts in 2020 along a portion of I-95 north of Fayetteville and a segment of I-26 near Asheville. Since then, the rapid towing coverage has been extended to other sections of I-95 that are being widened, as well as I-40 construction in Orange County. By 2024, these contracts will be extended to an I-85 widening project in Gaston County and the Asheville I-26 Connector project.
no charge to the owner to simply tow a vehicle to a nearby, safe location.
The vehicle owner, however, will be charged in these situations:
- Tow away and storage
- Tow away to a repair shop
- Clean up spilled debris
- Perform on-site repairs