RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation says work zones along interstate and U.S. routes across the state will be inactive during the holidays starting Thursday and ending Sunday.
However, while planning holiday travel, watch for lane closings or detours in the following areas:
Interstate 40/85 in Alamance County is reduced to three lanes in each direction between Exit 139 and Exit 141.
Interstate 485 at Interstate 85 in Mecklenburg County has the outside right lane and shoulder closed in each direction around mile marker 29.
Interstate 77 in Surry/Yadkin County has the right southbound lane at the bridge over the Yadkin River, Yadkin Valley Railroad and N.C. 268 closed.
Interstate 440 (inner and outer beltline) in Wake County is reduced to two lanes in each direction from Poole Road to New Bern Avenue.
U.S. 421 in Sampson County is reduced to one lane in each direction between SR 1005 and the Sampson-Harnett County line.
I-40 in Haywood County is reduced to one lane in each direction between Exit 15 and Exit 20. During weekends and holidays, motorists should expect heavy delays. Motorists can use the following alternate routes:
Motorists traveling west on I-40 to Tennessee: Take Exit 53 off of I-40 west onto I-240 west around Asheville. Take Exit 4A onto I-26 west. Follow I-26 west to I-81 in Tennessee. Follow I-81 back to I-40 west.
Motorists traveling east on I-40 out of Tennessee: Take I-81 towards Bristol. Take I-26 east to I-240 east in Asheville. Follow the signs to I-40 east.
Motorists traveling west on I-26 out of South Carolina: Follow I-26 west through Asheville to I-81 in Tennessee. (I-240 runs concurrently with I-26 in the Asheville area.) Follow I-81 back to I-40 west.
NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, travel at non-peak times, and use alternate routes when possible.
There is a $250 penalty for speeding through marked work zones. For real-time travel information, visit the
NCDOT Traveler Information Management
(TIMS) Web site.