RALEIGH, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) - A number of major road projects in North Carolina will be suspended over the Easter weekend to convenience drivers traveling through the state.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation say most projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. The suspension is expected to last until April 5 at 9 a.m., with two exceptions.
- I-40 in Wake County will have at least one westbound lane open between Wade Avenue and Harrison Avenue and one lane open eastbound between Cary Towne Boulevard and U.S. 1 from 9 p.m. Thursday, April 1, until 6 a.m. Friday, April 2.
- U.S. 17 in Windsor (Bertie County) is reduced to one lane on the Cashie River Bridge due to construction. Traffic is controlled by signals; however, 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.
NCDOT offers the following driving tips during the holidays:
- Leave early to get a head start on your drive and travel at non-peak times;
- Stay alert. Even though workers may not be present in the majority of work zones, drivers may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts;
- Be patient and obey the posted speed limit. The penalty for speeding through a marked work zone is $250; and
- Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
In addition, I-40 is closed in Western North Carolina near the Tennessee state line, due to a rockslide that occurred on Oct. 25, 2009. A detour has been set up.