RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.
Memorial Day Travel
Since Wednesday, the department has suspended most road construction activities on major routes to make travel easier for motorists. This hold on construction projects will continue along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29.
To safely navigate the highways during Memorial Day weekend, remember these tips:
• Your job is to be a safe driver, so avoid distracted driving. Focus on the road and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination;
• Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion; and
• Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
Real-time traffic conditions and road closures are available by visiting DriveNC.gov.
In addition, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement officers are increasing patrols to ensure that drivers and their passengers are buckling up every time they get in a vehicle. A recent crash simulation showed what can happen to those not wearing seat belts when in a vehicle crash at 50 mph.
This weekend, travelers can do their part and check to make sure everyone is buckled up.