IMAP Service Being Expanded to I-95 and Section of I-40 in Johnston County During Winter Storm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Raleigh —With a winter weather expected to hit eastern North Carolina on Tuesday, NCDOT’s Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) program is partnering with several state agencies and department divisions to temporarily provide help to motorists and law enforcement along I-95 during the storm and cleanup. In addition, IMAP will extend its coverage area to I-40 between I-440 in Raleigh and I-95 in Johnston County, which normally is not patrolled.

The Raleigh-based Statewide Transportation Operations Center will dispatch the IMAP units, in coordination with the N.C. Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management. In addition, NCDOT Division four, which covers and Johnston, Nash, Wilson and Halifax counties along I-95, and Division six, which includes Harnett, Cumberland and Robeson counties, are providing logistical assistance.

In addition to assisting motorists, the IMAP drivers will be looking for vehicles that are abandoned along the highway, notifying the Highway Patrol to have them towed away as quickly as possible. The intent is to keep the shoulders as clear as possible for the safety of the NCDOT crews working to clear the interstate of any snow and ice, and for other drivers traveling along the road.

IMAP drivers already work in several areas of the state, responding to a variety of needs. They detect and verify incidents and can provide temporary traffic control. Each truck is equipped with air compressors for flat tires, front and rear winches for moving vehicles out of travel lanes and gasoline and diesel fuel to get stranded vehicles to the nearest gas station.

Drivers who need assistance along I-95 are encouraged to call *HP, and the Patrol dispatch can send an IMAP to the location.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it to save for future reference.

You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices

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