Gas prices, delays rise for holiday weekend travelers
Posted May 22, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — With summer travel kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, motorists are facing higher gas prices along with traffic delays caused by construction projects.
Motorists traveling along the western and eastern parts of Raleigh will see most of the congestion.
Most construction projects along interstate routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. on Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with the exception of the two lanes of the Interstate 40 West ramp onto Interstate 440 West.
Those two lanes are reduced to one, and I-440 is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project.
According to AAA of the Carolinas, gas prices in North Carolina for the holiday weekend will be $3.64, 21 cents higher than last year. The group says these higher prices will not stop a record number of travelers.
Molly Donovan, a sophomore at North Carolina State University, said although gas prices are on the rise, it won’t stop her family from going on their annual vacation to Atlantic Beach.
“Gas prices have never kept us from going, but they have influenced how many cars we take and where we stop for gas along the way,” Donovan said.
Analysts at AAA of the Carolinas also expect vehicle breakdowns to surge after the harsh winter, causing further delays.
The NCDOT is reminding motorists to slow down, avoid distractions and be alert to their surroundings during this busy travel season.
Other helpful tips for motorists navigating the highways during the holiday travel season include:
• Using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion
• Remaining patient and obeying the posted speed limit
• Avoiding driving when drowsy
• Leaving early to get a head start on driving
Travelers can call 511 for real-time travel information to stay informed during their travel.