NCDOT Will Suspend Most Road Construction Projects Statewide for Memorial Day Weekend

Most road construction projects will be halted from early Wednesday morning through Monday evening

NCDOT Will Suspend Most Road Construction Projects Statewide for Memorial Day Weekend
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May 23, 2016

As families begin traveling for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) says that it will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother.

NCDOT will put on hold on road construction projects along interstate, NC and US routes from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25 until midnight on Monday, May 30—with the following exceptions:

  • NC 42 will have a signed detour, road closure and bridge replacement east and west of Ahoskie Creek in Hertford County.
  • NC 94 will have a road closure and bridge construction on Elementary School Road at US 64 in Tyrrell County.
  • US 158 will have two-lane two-way traffic on the Pasquotank River Bridge in Pasquotank County.
  • I-85 will have lane closures in both the northbound and southbound lanes traffic between the Virginia line and the town of Henderson. The pattern affects traffic in Vance and Granville counties.
  • US 23/74 will have a bridge replacement in Jackson County.
  • NC 294 will have portable traffic signals in Cherokee County.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511 or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.

Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely this Memorial Day weekend:

  • 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.

The Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" campaign is also underway and runs through Monday, May 30. Law enforcement officers across the state are stepping up patrols and watching for people who aren't buckled up—so don't forget: Buckle up. Every seat, Every time.