The Thanksgiving traveling season is upon us. Millions of us will take to the roads this week to visit friends and relatives. For those traveling North Carolina roads, the N.C. Department of Transportation has some good news: most road construction activities on major routes across the state will be suspended during heavily traveled times.
Most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, until 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, with two exceptions:
- U.S. 17 Business in Jacksonville (Onslow County) will be reduced to two-lane, two-way traffic on the Buddy Phillips Bridge over the New River for construction of a new bridge; and
- U.S. 17 in Windsor (Bertie County) will be reduced to one lane on the Cashie River Bridge due to construction. Traffic is controlled by signals; however, commercial trucks are restricted on this route and detour signs are in place. All motorists are encouraged to use the U.S. 17 Bypass around Windsor to avoid possible delays.
By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations more quickly while also cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.
Another option is NCDOT’s mobile site, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. Travelers can use the mobile site to locate rest areas by mile marker. Clicking on a specific rest area pulls up more information about amenities at the location, as well as the option to view the facility on a map and get directions.
Obviously, drivers cannot use these services safely while driving. Distracted driving is a national epidemic and holiday traffic heightens the danger. Drivers should seek a rest area or other safe place to stop while accessing travel information.