RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of year.
In an effort to help drivers get to their destinations a little more smoothly, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is suspending several construction projects in the area over the long holiday weekend.
Although many projects will be suspended, Project Fortify will not.
“If you’re going through there, you can give yourself extra time because of the heavy volume, it could back up a little bit, or look for an alternate to go around those places. And the big thing is to check ahead of time, road conditions,” said Steve Abbott, NCDOT spokesman.
Most of the projects will be suspended beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday until midnight Sunday.
Besides Project Fortify, here is a list of other exemptions:
• U.S. 264 in Dare County has lane closures at five locations to replace five bridges by phased construction. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals
• U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge
• N.C. 11 in Hertford County is reduced to one lane with temporary signals for bridge maintenance work
• N.C. 94 two miles south of Columbia in Tyrrell County is reduced to one lane with temporary signals for bridge maintenance work
• Hanover Street to Campbell Street is closed with detours in New Hanover County due to a bridge replacement
• U.S. 421/N.C. 27 in Harnett County is closed as work continues on a new pedestrian tunnel at Campbell University
• I-40 in the Fortify work zone in Raleigh has lane closure restrictions, with travel limited to three lanes in both directions on an 8 1/2-mile stretch
• Both inside lanes along Interstate 85 Business near Prospect Street in Randolph County are closed due to work on the median associated with a bridge replacement
• U.S. 311 near Banner Whitehead Road in Randolph County is detoured where crews are replacing a culvert
• Eastbound U.S. 74 in Cleveland County has a one-lane pattern just east of Sandy Run Creek bridges and a one-lane detour route along new ramps for Peachtree Road and back to U.S. 74
• In Haywood County, the outside lane of westbound I-40 at Exit 15 is closed due to damaged girders under the bridge
• U.S. 23/74 in Jackson County has lane closures in place for bridgework