Most Road Construction Projects in NC Will Be Suspended for the Long Fourth of July Weekend

construction along interstate, NC and U.S. routes across the state will be suspended through midnight on Wednesday, July 5

Most Road Construction Projects in NC Will Be Suspended for the Long Fourth of July Weekend
Image: NCDOT
June 29, 2017

Good news for those planning to travel over the long Fourth of July weekend! The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will stop most road construction on major routes statewide to facilitate safe holiday travel.

NCDOT will suspend construction projects along interstate, NC and U.S. routes across the state from 6 am on Friday, June 30 through midnight on Wednesday, July 5—with a few exceptions.

The following projects will remain active:

  • The flyover ramp from Interstate 40 East at Exit 283 to I-540 East will be closed. There are four short detour routes available.
  • US 15-501 will have one lane closed at a time from Latta Road to the Person County line
  • On I-85 between Henderson and the Virginia state line traffic will flow in a two-lane, two-way pattern over 20 miles, with alternate routes available to get around potential major backups
  • Bragg Boulevard in Cumberland County will be closed between Rowan and West Rowan Streets for a sewer line installation
  • In Catawba County, the eastbound lane of U.S. 70 will be closed from Seventh Street in Hickory to Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard
  • NC 215, six miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is closed for bridge construction
  • US 441 Business between N.C. 28/Highlands Road and Depot Street will be restricted to two lanes in Macon County for replacement of the bridge on the northbound side

Fourth of July Travel Tips

To help you navigate the highways safely during the July 4th holiday 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.

Booze It & Lose It

The annual Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker campaign also runs through Sunday, July 9. Law enforcement officers are setting up additional sobriety checkpoints in every county in the state to target impaired drivers and prevent highway fatalities. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, download a ride app, or take a cab or bus so that everyone on the roads stays safe!

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the travel section of the NCDOT website.