NCDOT to Suspend Most Road Construction Projects Statewide During the Thanksgiving Travel Period

Construction projects will be put on hold from 6 am on Tuesday, November 21 until 8 PM on Monday, November 27

NCDOT to Suspend Most Road Construction Projects Statewide During the Thanksgiving Travel Period
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November 21, 2017

As families hit the road to travel to their Thanksgiving destinations this year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother.

Construction projects along interstate, NC, and U.S. routes will be put on hold from 6 am on Tuesday, November 21 until 8 pm on Monday, November 27—with the following exceptions:

  • In Dare County, the eastbound U.S. 158 Wright Memorial bridge is closed for deck rehabilitation, so traffic is in a two-lane, two-way pattern on the westbound bridge;
  • In Carteret County, NC 58 is closed between Loon Drive and Islander Drive south of Atlantic Beach;
  • In Nash County, U.S. 64 Business (Sunset Avenue) is closed between Buck Leonard Boulevard and May Drive for a bridge replacement;
  • In Vance and Warren counties, Interstate 85 will be in a single-lane pattern in each direction on the northbound side for about 15 miles between U.S. 1 (exit 218) and the Virginia state line;
  • In Davidson County, I-85 Business has one lane closed in each direction at the NC 8 interchange for a bridge replacement;
  • In Catawba County, U.S. 70 has the eastbound right lane closed at 7th Street for a pipe replacement; and
  • In Macon County, U.S. 441 Business is closed at the Little Tennessee River for a bridge replacement.

Road closures and lane restrictions

Travelers also need to be aware that there are a number of local roads that may have closures or lane restrictions that will be in place through the extended weekend. Check on road conditions 24 hours a day by going to DriveNC.gov and using the drop-down menus to search by county, region, or the specific roads. During daytime hours, live operators are available to provide travel assistance by calling 511.

Buckle Up!

The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program is partnering with state and local law enforcement during the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs now through November 26, reminding holiday travelers to wear their seat belts.

"Our goal with the Click It or Ticket campaign is to save lives—period." said Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Thanksgiving should be a happy time, not a tragic one. We hope that this campaign reminds Thanksgiving travelers about the importance of wearing a seat belt."

During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 20 fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes, and 10 of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

North Carolina law requires all passengers in a vehicle to be properly restrained. Violations are punishable by fines up to $179. The bigger cost is that ultimately you could lose your life if you are involved in a crash where you are not belted.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season:

  • Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
  • Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
  • Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.
  • Don't drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit NCDOT.gov.