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Highways Clogged as Holiday Travel Begins

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DURHAM — If holiday traffic isconsidered a headache, Interstate-40 north of Durham was a migraineWednesday evening as over 1 million North Carolinians took to the roadsto visit families and loved ones on Thanksgiving.

The area under construction, where traffic is narrowed to one lane,had vehicles backed up for over two miles at 6 p.m. Gridlockprevailed in both directions.

State Trooper John Paul Keon says he's been watching holidaytravelers in this area for 25 years and conditions seem to be gettingworse each year. He says construction zones add a dangerous element.

As surely as there is traffic on the roads this weekends, there will betroopers as well.

Keon says if everyone would simply slow down and pay attention,conditions would be much safer.

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