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DOT Offers Holiday Travel Update

Posted November 22, 2004

— As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the state Department of Transportation is working to ensure that motorists are safe during their travels through the state.

Most work zones on interstate and U.S. routes across the state will be inactive during the Thanksgiving holiday from Tuesday through Monday.

When planning your holiday trip, be aware of lane closings and/or detours in the following areas:

Special Alert:

I-40 in Haywood County is reduced to one lane in each direction near the North Carolina/Tennessee State line (mile marker 1 to mile marker 4) due to a slide caused by Hurricane Ivan. Motorists can expect 10-15 mile back-ups if travelling on Wednesday and Sunday

NCDOT will provide Incident Management Assistance Patrols (IMAP) to monitor traffic conditions and assist disabled motorists in the area.

Motorists are advised to use the following alternate route to avoid delays during peak travel times:

  • I-40 West: I-240 in Asheville to I-26 West to I-81 South back to I-40 in Tennessee.
  • I-40 East: I-81 North to I-26 East to I-240 back to I-40 in Asheville.
  • Interstate Routes:

  • I-77 South in Mecklenburg County is reduced to two lanes at Cindy Lane.
  • I-77 North in Mecklenburg County is reduced to two lanes at N.C. 16.
  • N.C. Routes:

  • N.C. 50 in Pender County may have possible lane closures from N.C. 53 to the Onslow County line.
  • N.C. 50 in Onslow County may have possible lane closures from Holly Ridge to N.C. 210.
  • Motorists are reminded to stay alert, travel at non-peak times and obey the posted speed limit while driving through work zones. Plan ahead, and use alternate routes when possible.

    Before you leave for your holiday travels, visit the

    NCDOT Traveler Information

    Web site.

    Motorists can access highway travel conditions around the clock by dialing 511.

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