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NCDOT hopes to save travelers time and money during Memorial Day Weekend

(Source: NCDOT) (Source: NCDOT)
RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation will postpone most road construction activities on its major routes this Memorial Day weekend in efforts to help travelers save time and money.

Motorists will be able to arrive at their destinations safely and efficiently and cut their fuel consumption and costs by avoiding traffic delays, according to a news release from NCDOT.

NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, North Carolina and U.S. routes from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22 until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, with the following exceptions:

·         U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street.) in Elizabeth City will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge

·         U.S. 264 in Dare County will be reduced to one of two lanes controlled by temporary traffic signals in three locations for the replacement of three bridges; the lane closures are located between Stumpy Point and the Hyde County Line

·         Two bridges on North Carolina 211 in Brunswick County over the Honey Island Swamp will have alternating lane closures so crews can realign the roadway and replace both bridges and approaches

·         Third Street in New Hanover County is closed due to a bridge replacement with a signed detour

·         I-85 southbound, between the Virginia state line and the U.S. 1 interchange, will have lane closures in place in the a.m. and p.m. while workers strengthen the shoulders and patch concrete

·         I-73 in Guilford County, between Wendover Avenue and I-85, is reduced to two lanes in both directions

During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs from May 18 through May 31, law enforcement officers will increase patrols statewide and cite individuals who do not buckle up, the release states.

May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month and NCDOT wants to remind motorists to share the road and double check before changing lanes.

Here are some additional tips from NCDOT for safe highway travel this holiday season:

·         Leave early

·         Stay alert

·         Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.

·         Use alternate routes

·         Stay informed

·         Don't drive drowsy.

·         Avoid distracted driving.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website and NCDOT Mobile, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

For more information about motorcycle safety and free rider skill classes visit BikeSafeNC.com.

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