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North Carolina Suspends Most Lane Closures to Ease Holiday Travel

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will suspend most construction work on major routes across the state to reduce delays during the busy holiday travel season, but drivers should watch out for continued lane closures that could cause backups around a few highway projects.

Travel lanes will stay open from 6:00 a.m. Friday, December 22, through 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, around most construction projects on interstate, U.S. and N.C. highways .

Travelers are urged to use caution and obey the posted speed limits when traveling through work zones, even if no construction activity is taking place. Law enforcement officers across North Carolina will set up checkpoints and step up patrols to catch drivers who violate traffic laws during the holidays.

Here are more tips for safe driving during the holiday season:

  • Leave early to get a head start, and travel at non-peak hours if possible.
  • Use alternative routes if possible to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Allow extra time for your trip, regardless of the route you choose.
  • To avoid drowsy driving, travel at times you are normally awake and take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid distracted driving.
  • Use your seat belt.

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Georgia Restricts Lane Closures on I-95 for Christmas & New Year’s Weekends

With the stresses of the holiday season and the increased holiday traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation aims to ease traffic congestion and associated driving anxieties with suspension of construction-related lane closures on I-95 and other interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, shopping districts and tourist locations.

Lane closure restrictions are as follows:

  • Christmas – no lane closures from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 22 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 26.
  • New Year’s – no lane closures from 5:00 a.m. Friday, December 29 to 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.

“There is normally an uptick in drunk driving during the holiday season. If you plan to drink, please designate a sober driver in advance or arrange to be picked up,” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “I always urge drivers to drive defensively, but especially at this time of year, remember to be extra cautious. Slow down and drive alert. Put down the cell phone and make sure you and your passengers buckle up. Let’s make this a happy season for all.”

The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as 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 interstate or state route.


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