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I-40 Congestion Kicks off Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May 25, 2007

— Congestion along eastbound Interstate 40 in Wake and Durham counties kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend and the summer-travel season.

On North Carolina roadways, Highway Patrol troopers will increase patrols this weekend to deter speeding. Law enforcement agencies are also taking part in seat belt enforcement with Click-It or Ticket checkpoints throughout the state.

The travel season comes as gasoline has reached near-record highs.

In the Triangle, a gallon of regular unleaded cost $3.15 per gallon, up 36 cents from last year at this time. In Fayetteville, prices were a little lower at $3.12 per gallon.

AAA said it thinks people will still take their summer vacations but will try to spend less on hotels and restaurants.

More than 180,000 people were also expected to travel through Raleigh-Durham International Airport this weekend. Airport officials expected Friday to be the busiest day with more than 30,000 people scheduled to fly in and out of RDU.

And on the waters, officials are also urging boaters to wear a life jacket and refrain from drinking alcohol. More than 70,000 people boat each year in the United Sates. In 2005, more than 3,400 people ere injured and 697 died in boating-related incidents. Alcohol was a factor in about a quarter of all deaths.


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  • jon3484 May 27, 2007

    I love how the news media here always complains about traffic here. I-40 is a piece of cake even at rush hour, try driving the 405 in LA at 5pm or I-95 in NoVa at anytime of dad and then tell me how bad traffic really is in this area.

  • wingnut61285 May 27, 2007

    Traffic was bad on I-40 east from South Saunders until just after exit 306 Hwy 70, the culprit? An unmanned state patrol car. Those things are all over this weekend, completely empty.

  • seeingthru May 25, 2007

    wot a surprise

  • wynnediii May 25, 2007

    Wow...major congestion on an interstate in an urban area during a holiday weekend...how did we not see this coming?

  • gadfly May 25, 2007

    I'm surprised they're not all on their Blackberries posting.

  • DontBelieveTheHype May 25, 2007


  • Dee from the forest May 25, 2007

    Everyone's stuck in taffic that's why there's no comments posted! lol