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Construction To Be Suspended On Most NC Highways For Holiday Travel

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will suspend most construction activity on major highways to make travel easier during the upcoming holiday season. Most work along interstates, U.S. and key state routes will be suspended starting today (December 22). The work on those roads will resume on January 2, 2024.

Exceptions include bridges being replaced, long term lane construction that cannot be temporarily removed and highway work that does not impact travel. One such spot is Interstate 40 in Haywood County, where lane closures will stay in place for safety reasons. AAA forecasts 3.5 million North Carolinians will travel by automobile this holiday season.

A news release from NCDOT includes the following travel safety tips: If possible, leave early for your destination. Travel at non-peak hours and use alternative routes, if possible. Allow extra time for your trip, regardless of the route you choose. Don’t drive drowsy. Take frequent breaks if needed and take advantage of our state’s rest areas. And avoid driving distracted and pay attention to your surroundings and other vehicles nearby.​

Before you hit the road for your holiday travel, a news release from the NCDOT says be sure to visit DriveNC.gov for the most up-to-date information.