|NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Spring Travel Season
||Thursday, March 28, 2013
RALEIGH — As families begin their travels for the spring season, the N.C. Department of Transportation is informing motorists of a few projects in eastern NC in hopes of making the trip a little smoother.
Three construction projects along U.S. routes that may cause congestion are:
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
- Alligator River Bridge on U.S. 64 in Tyrrell and Dare Counties will be closed from April 2-14 for rehabilitation work;
- U.S. 17 Business in Jacksonville (Onslow County) is reduced to two-lane, two-way traffic on the Buddy Phillips Bridge over the New River for construction of a new bridge; and
- U.S. 421 in Carolina Beach (New Hanover County) is reduced to one lane in each direction at Snow Cut’s Bridge for rehabilitation work.
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. The site has a number of features to help travelers in addition to providing up-to-the-minute traffic information. For example, motorists can use NCDOT Mobile to easily locate the nearest North Carolina rest areas where they can take a break from their drive. They can pull up more information about amenities available at the rest area, as well as view the facility on a map and get driving directions.
To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways during the busy spring travel season:
While you’re behind the wheel, remember your job is to be a safe driver, so focus on the road and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.
- Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
- Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zone areas.
- Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
- Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
- Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available over the phone by dialing 511.
- Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
- Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.
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