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North Carolina DOT Prepared for Solar Show

In North Carolina, the star of the show will perform for about two and a half minutes.

Planning has been ongoing for months in preparation for thousands — likely hundreds of thousands — of people to travel either to or through North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

Numerous events and festivals are planned in western North Carolina, with Jackson County alone preparing for 18,000 to 20,000 visitors. The estimated number of travelers headed to South Carolina exceeds 2.1 million. Because of this population surge, the N.C. Department of Transportation has been coordinating with various state. local and federal agencies to help eclipse enthusiasts safely enjoy the event.

Transportation officials urge residents and visitors to stay safe by following these tips during their eclipse weekend:

  • Plan Ahead — Expect higher volumes of traffic on every road. Eclipse watchers are encouraged to arrive early. Remember to obey all posted signs and message boards.
  • Stay Put — Do not park on the shoulder of the road to view the eclipse. Exit the roadway and park in a safe location, such as a rest area or other designated parking spots. Motorists should avoid distractions while driving and watch for pedestrians near eclipse viewing events. Do not wear eclipse viewing glasses while driving.
  • Leave Late — Traffic will be likely be heavy following the eclipse, much like after a concert or sporting event. Stick around and let others leave first.

For those headed into the path of totality, follow the instructions of posted signs instead of your phone or GPS. NCDOT traffic experts, highway patrol officers and EMS officials will have accurate, real-time information and will be in the best position to direct traffic on the big day.

Those in other parts of North Carolina will experience a partial solar eclipse and are encouraged to follow the safety tips outlined above.

NCDOT will suspend road work and lane closures on primary routes in the 17 westernmost counties between Friday evening and Tuesday afternoon. Other interstates across the state will be monitored, and lane closures will be removed if heavy traffic backups occur.

State transportation officials have assembled 42 portable message boards that will be placed at strategic locations across seven counties with eclipse-related messages. Three new closed-circuit TV cameras have been installed and will be monitored so the timing of the lights can be changed to keep traffic flowing.


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Lane Closure on I-95 Bridge in Philadelphia, Expect Backups and Delays

​The right lane is scheduled to close on the northbound deck of the Interstate 95 Girard Point Bridge in Philadelphia, on Saturday, August 19, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for bridge inspection, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling on northbound I-95 in the work area because backups and delays will occur. The scheduled work is weather dependent.

The inspection is part of PennDOT’s program to inspect bridges at least once every two years to ensure the safety and overall condition of the structures.


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Lane Closures for I-95 Construction Near Daytona Beach

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-95 construction Widening from North of SR 44 to North of US 92, near Daytona Beach.

Lane Closures

  • Sunday, July 30th, 2017 to Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    Sunday, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., I-95 southbound inside lane closures north of U.S. 92.
  • Sunday – Friday, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., northbound and southbound I-95 single lane closures at Spruce Creek, S.R. 421 and I-4.
  • Sunday – Friday, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m., single lane closures eastbound and westbound U.S. 92 at I-95.

This project involves widening Interstate 95 (I-95) from four lanes to six lanes from north of State Road (S.R.) 44 to north of U.S. 92 (International Speedway Boulevard). The southern project limit will tie into the recently completed I-95 widening project to the south (from south of S.R. 406 to north of S.R. 44). The project scope also includes the reconstruction of the systems interchange with I-4, I-95 and U.S. 92.

This project reconstructs the I-95 interchange leading to and from I-4 and U.S. 92, which will increase mobility and connectivity. It will also increase safety for merging, exiting and through-traffic. The project will eliminate a left-side merge ramp onto I-95 from U.S. 92, just a short distance to the south. Additional lanes will be constructed along I-95 allowing vehicles traveling through the area to continue in dedicated lanes, and vehicles entering and exiting I-95 to be separated into dedicated entrance and exit lanes.


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Complete Nighttime Closures for I-95 Construction in Duval County Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-95 construction and maintenance activities in Duval County and the Jacksonville area this week and beyond:

  • Complete nighttime access closure on I-95 southbound access to Acosta and Main Street bridges through Saturday, July 29 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction. Detour for southbound Acosta Bridge traffic is Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound.
    • Detour for southbound Main Street Bridge traffic is Museum Circle, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound.
    • Detour for westbound Museum Circle traffic is San Marco Boulevard, Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound.
    • Detour for eastbound and westbound Prudential Drive is Kings Avenue, Philips Highway, Emerson Street to I-95 southbound.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 at Butler Boulevard Sunday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for overpass work and for area maintenance. Double lane closures may be set up after 10 p.m. for road work. Nighttime southbound off-ramp lane closure to Butler Boulevard through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime off-ramp closure from I-95 northbound to Butler Boulevard eastbound through Friday from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for roadwork. Detour is Bowden Road, I-95 southbound to Butler Boulevard.
  • Nighttime lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Atlantic Boulevard to the overpass at San Diego Road for roadway and bridge construction.
  • Nighttime lane closures on I-95 access road from Overland Bridge project to Atlantic Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge construction.
  • Continuous lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Atlantic Boulevard for roadway construction.
  • Nighttime northbound lane closures on I-95 from Park Street to Emerson Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway and overpass construction.

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Extended Major Detour for I-95 Construction in North Carolina

An I-95 construction project to repair a flood damaged bridge in Robeson County, North Carolina gets underway on Monday, July 17, with traffic restrictions expected to begin the following night.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will repair flood damage to a bridge over Little Marsh Swamp on southbound I-95 near mile marker 35. Previous flooding caused erosion beneath the bridge. Inspectors have determined the bridge to be safe, but to prevent any further erosion, NCDOT is adding rock as part of the repairs under the bridge. The bridge is about 3.5 miles south of the Robeson-Cumberland county border.

Beginning Tuesday night, July 18, the contractor plans to close both southbound lanes and detour traffic off the interstate at Exit 41 and onto N.C. 59 in Cumberland County. Signs and message boards will direct traffic to use U.S. 301, which parallels the interstate, before getting back onto I-95 at Exit 33 in Robeson County.

For a portion of the project, the contractor will close only one of the two southbound lanes overnight and a detour won’t be in place.

To minimize traffic disruptions, NCDOT will limit the single-lane closure to between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. When both lanes must be closed, the detour will be restricted to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. There will be no detours or single-lane closures on I-95 during the weekends, when traffic is heavier.

Contract crews are expected to complete the work by Aug. 31. During construction, I-95 northbound traffic will remain unaffected.


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I-95 Construction Begins at Exit 130 in Fredericksburg

I-95 construction has begun to improve safety at the Exit 130 interchange in the city of Fredericksburg.

Motorists should be alert for construction workers, equipment, concrete barriers and orange barrels over the next 18 months.

After reviewing the I-95 corridor, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined the Route 3 interchange in Fredericksburg had a crash rate above the statewide average. This project will reduce vehicle merging and weaving that can lead to crashes, injuries and congestion on Route 3 and I-95. These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.

Motorists should be prepared for lane closures, construction activity, and temporary traffic shifts on Route 3 and I-95 at Exit 130 through January 2019.

Travel lanes will remain open at peak times on weekday mornings and afternoons, but midday and overnight lane closures will be needed periodically throughout the project.


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Overnight I-95 Ramp Closures Next Week

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports that the ramp from northbound I-95 to Washington Boulevard (Exit 51) will be closed overnight. The detour will direct motorists to Russell Street (Exit 52), to Monroe Street, to Washington Boulevard.

Weather permitting, Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 13, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Crews will close the ramp to pour foundations as part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $13.7 million project to remove and replace weathering steel high-mast light poles along I-95 in Baltimore.

The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!


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All Maryland Welcome Centers to Expand Operations to Seven Days a Week

The Maryland Office of Tourism announced that beginning July 1, all eight state-operated welcome centers will expand service to operate seven days a week. Located in every region of Maryland, the welcome centers are staffed with certified travel counselors who offer statewide tourism and travel information, hotel reservation assistance, greeting of motor coaches, suggestions for itineraries, maps and travel guides, and a listing of all local events.

“Tourism is one of our most important economic drivers and we are committed to offering our visitors the best possible customer service,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “As we continue to welcome more visitors to our state for vacation as well as business travel, we want to ensure that they have access to all Maryland has to offer.”

Demand for service has increased as visitation to Maryland continues to grow. In 2016, Maryland welcomed 42.1 million domestic travelers, an increase of 4 percent according to a national survey of U.S. travelers conducted by D.K. Shifflet and Associates. Eighty-two percent, or slightly more than 34.6 million, were leisure travelers, and the remaining 17.8 percent, or close to 7.5 million, were business travelers.

Two of Maryland’s welcome centers recently earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence designation, which recognizes tourism-related establishments that consistently earn high reviews from travelers on the TripAdvisor web site.

The welcome centers will operate each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round, and will be closed on major state and federal holidays.


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Massachusetts DOT: Plan Ahead, Expect Heavy Traffic for Holiday

MassDOT advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools and use public transportation if possible to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday weekend.

“We expect heavy traffic volumes on our highways during this upcoming holiday period,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “With many people driving to destinations we encourage people to leave extra time to reach their destinations, exercise safe driving behaviors, be patient on the roadways, and consider taking public transit if possible.”

MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at noon, Friday, June 30, with scheduled construction activities resuming with the start of normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will be deployed on normal morning hours now through Thursday afternoon and then Thursday, June 29, will open early for the afternoon commute at 2 p.m. On Friday, June 30, the HOV lane will open at 1 p.m. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, July 3, and on Tuesday, July 4, and will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, July 5.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.


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Georgia DOT Limits I-95 Lane Closures During 4th of July Weekend

To ease 4th of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate Highways from noon on Friday, June 30 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

“As people head to festivities like parades, barbecues and fireworks, we expect heavy traffic” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock “By restricting lane closures, we hope drivers will encounter fewer delays and less stress.”

Safety is always a primary concern. The Department reminds motorists that crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route. Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra
distance between vehicles; read signs; obey road crew flaggers; and expect the unexpected. Work zone safety is in your hands.

Georgia DOT urges drivers to Drive Alert Arrive Alive – to always buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving.

In the event of a crash or breakdown, GDOT advises motorists to never get out of the car on a freeway,  unless your life is in imminent danger. If possible, pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked.

For HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of Georgia call 511, a free phone service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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