NCDOT suspending road construction over holidays

December 17, 2007 8:12:38 AM PST
The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend road construction activities that could affect travel over the holidays to help ease traffic delays and make driving conditions safer.

Major construction projects along interstate and U.S. routes across the state will be suspended beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, until 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2.

NCDOT reminds motorists that even though workers may not be present in work zones, motorists can still encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts, and that work zone speed limits are still in effect. The penalty for speeding through a marked work zone is $250.

Additionally, the department offers the following driving tips during the holiday:

  • Stay alert;
  • Be patient and obey the posted speed limit;
  • Leave early to get a head start on your drive and travel at non-peak times;
  • Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion; and
  • Call 511, the department's free travel information line, or visit www.ncdot.org/traffictravel for real-time travel information.

Motorists should also remember to move over when passing stopped emergency vehicles or if involved in a minor accident.

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