State News

DOT to ease Memorial Day weekend road work

Posted May 22, 2009 4:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2009 4:38 p.m. EDT

— Good news for North Carolina drivers on the road Memorial Day weekend: Officials plan to halt most road construction projects to ease traffic.

The state Department of Transportation said suspensions would begin Friday at 4 p.m. and conclude the morning after Memorial Day at 9 a.m.

Officials said the suspensions would be along major routes and interstates.

Two exceptions are a pavement project on Interstate 85 North between mile markers 206 and 214 and construction on the U.S. 311 Bypass on I-85 North and I-85 South.

Law enforcement agencies will also conduct the annual "Click It or Ticket" program that includes stepped up patrols for motorists not wearing seat belts.

AAA Carolinas expects around 754,000 North Carolina drivers to travel beginning Friday.

Gas prices are much cheaper than last Memorial Day, according to AAA. The average price for a gallon of regular is $2.30, compared with $3.80 a year ago.