NCDOT to Suspend Most Road Construction Projects During Busy Holiday Travel Period

Construction projects will be put on hold from 6 am on Friday, December 23 until midnight on Monday, December 26

NCDOT to Suspend Most Road Construction Projects During Busy Holiday Travel Period
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December 20, 2016

As families across the state begin traveling to their holiday destinations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will suspend most road construction activities on major routes statewide to help make their trips a little smoother.

Construction projects along interstate, NC, and US routes will be put on hold from 6 am on Friday, December 23 until midnight on Monday, December 26—with the following exceptions:

  • US 264 in Hyde County will have one lane closed with portable traffic signals. A bridge over Long Shoal River is being replaced.
  • NC 24 in Sampson County will have one lane closed between Mitchell Loop Road and the U.S. 421/701 Bypass. The east-bound lane of NC 24 is being widened.
  • In Brunswick County, Cedar Hill Road, immediately south of Royster Road NE for approximately 0.5 miles, will be closed to allow for construction of I-140 from the Andrew Jackson Highway to Cedar Hill Road.
  • A bridge replacement in Jackson County means a section of US 74 between Sugar Loaf Road and Mount Pleasant Church Road will have a lane closure.

Additionally, there are a dozens of local roads in the eastern part of the state that remain closed because of damage from Hurricane Matthew. When applicable, those roads have signed detours in place.

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 zone areas.
  • Avoid distracted driving.
  • Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Don't drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.

Also, never drive drunk. The Governor's Highway Safety Program's annual Booze It and Lose It Campaign will continue through midnight on January 2, 2017. Law enforcement officers are on special alert for drunk drivers during the holiday season. If you must drink, call a friend, give your keys to a designated driver, or get a ride. You can save your life and someone else's.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website. Motorists can also call 511 to get the same up-to-date travel information.