N.C. DOT preparing for inaugural traffic congestion

Posted January 15, 2009

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it's preparing for heavy traffic congestion anticipated from now until next Friday because of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next week.

The department is suspending work on major construction projects on northbound lanes of Interstates 85 and 95 from Saturday until Tuesday and southbound lanes from Wednesday until Friday.

More than 2 million people are expected to be in the nation's capital next week for Obama's swearing in. City officials expect to shut down major routes into the city once it reaches capacity and some have estimated that traffic could back up into North Carolina as a result.

The DOT will be using dynamic message signs to inform motorists of heavy traffic conditions expected north of Richmond, Va. The department will also be working with transportation officials in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., to alert northbound and southbound motorists of any incidents and delays.

Motorists can dial 511 to access real-time information from North Carolina’s toll-free travel system.


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  • killerkestrel Jan 16, 2009

    Actually, it takes 7 or more. Two flagmen, a driver for the truck pulling the hot lance, an operator for the hot lance, a driver for the truck pulling the crack sealer, an operator for the crack sealer, and a man or two to run a squeegee over the crack sealant. That's eight. You need another flagman in intersections, so that is nine. I don't know how you can do the operation with fewer people. I'm all ears.

  • shutterbug Jan 15, 2009

    It takes 3 people to do the work and 4 supervisors to make sure its done correctly and the environment isn't harmed.

  • davidgnews Jan 15, 2009

    I find it amazing the NCDOT can prepare for anything.

  • drnc Jan 15, 2009

    I watched an NCDOT crew put tar down on cracks in front of my business today (NC 43 South, Greenville). I counted 7 workers, which included two flagmen. If I ran my business with that many employees and equipment doing a small job, I'd be broke within a month.

  • 37 Jan 15, 2009

    Pray for the mortists.

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2009

    I personnaly feel that the mortist heading north to the richmond an d.c. areas will have nothing to worry their pretty little heads about with regards to the roads in the great STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA for if you dont know it or not we have had the great an wonderful lyndo tippett as i secatary of transportation for the last past eight years + an i roads are in great shape for we are known nationaly for being the good road state ( oh that was the old day of the ncdot now a days we are better know as the bad road state an the home of the most stuprndious screw- ups when it comes to our transportation suystem as that we never have any screw- ups or that the taxpayers have to end up paying for projects to have to be paid for two an three time before an during the actual construction of thes highway project an the taxpayers in this state are really getting their moneys worth for their tax dollars L.O.L. thank you