NC DOT offers alternative to Chapel Hill crush
Posted November 26, 2013
The holiday week is expected to bring increased traffic on already-busy roadways, especially the stretch of Interstate 40 westbound near Chapel Hill.
The interstate goes down to two lanes west of exit 270 (U.S. 15/501), and in recent years that area has seen the pre-Thanksgiving backup stretch as long as eight miles, all the way to Exit 278 (N.C. Highway 55). The DOT warned drivers to expect "major congestion" Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For those headed west as far as Hillsborough and beyond, the DOT recommends a detour westbound on the Durham Freeway (N.C. Highway 147, at Exit 279) to Interstate 85 West and back to I-40.
A DOT spokesman advised that holiday travelers, no matter their destination, allow more time than they do during a non-holiday period.
Law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the annual Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, stepping up efforts through Sunday, Dec. 1, to enforce the state’s seat belt law.
The N.C. Highway Patrol plans to have at least one trooper on duty for each 20 miles of I-40's 421 miles across the state, part of a nationwide "I-40 Challenge."
North Carolina, which saw steady rain throughout the day Tuesday, was not expected to see the weather-related hassles caused elsewhere by a winter weather system that brought snow to some areas further north.