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DOT, Highway Patrol Warn Holiday Drivers of Lane Closings, Checkpoints

Posted August 31, 2001

— State troopers say they will ll be out in force Labor Day weekend.

The

Highway Patrol

is targeting several key corridors across the state that have been the scene of big Labor day accidents over the past five years.

Those areas include Interstate 40 in Durham and Orange County, and Interstate 440 in Wake County.

The Highway Patrol will also have Click It or Ticket seat belt check points set up in various areas.

The

state Department of Transportation

is warning drivers of a few road closings during the weekend.

In Wilson County, there will be a detour on U.S. 264 from the 264/264A split near Wilson to the interchange.

Westbound Interstate 40 in Pender and New Hanover counties will be periodically reduced to one lane from mile markers 389 to 420 on Friday, but all lanes will be open the rest of the weekend. I-40 will also be down to one lane in each direction in Burke and McDowell counties from mile marker 90 to 94.

In Forsyth County, I-40/U.S. 421 will be one lane in each direction from Silas Creek Parkway to Stratford Road.

Interstate 85 in Granville County is down to one lane in both directions from mile marker 186 to 208.

Also, both directions of Interstate 26 in Polk County will be down to one lane from mile marker 38 to 40.

AAA estimates 30 million people will hit the highways this Labor Day weekend.

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