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7/21/2014: **UPDATE** NCDOT to Begin Widening Portion of US 421/I-40 Business West in Forsyth County

**UPDATE** NCDOT to Begin Widening Portion of US 421/I-40 Business West in Forsyth County

Posted 7/21/2014 10:56:41 AM

WINSTON-SALEM — N.C. Department of Transportation crews will begin widening a two-lane 0.8 mile stretch of US 421/I-40 Business in Kernersville. On Thursday, July 24, at 9 a.m. crews will close down the right outside lane of US 421/I-40 Business Westbound near Exit 15 at Macy Grove Road. This is a continuous closure and construction is slated to be complete Thursday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m., weather permitting. This work is part of the project to widen and extend Macy Grove Road from Industrial Drive to Mountain Street in Kernersville, including a new interchange at US 421/I-40 Business. The purpose of this project is to increase the traffic capacity along the roadway, which will ease back-ups and improve flow of critical hospital emergency traffic that utilizes the highway. This project is the first phase of what will eventually become the new Kernersville Loop that will tie into the future interchange with the Macy Grove Road Improvements Project. The highway will be open however delays are expected. Motorist in the area are encouraged to use I-40 instead of US 421/I-40 Business West. Eastbound US 421/I-40 Business traffic will not be affected.  NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, expect delays and allow additional time to reach their destination. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on 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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
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2/13/2014: NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

Posted 2/13/2014 8:47:09 PM

NCDOT crews warn motorists traveling overnight into Friday morning about the dangers of black ice. With sub-freezing temperatures, any snow or ice that melted Thursday could refreeze, creating slick and potentially dangerous driving conditions. The department advises motorists to stay home and avoid the roads. But, if you must get out and about, please you extreme caution, especially on bridges and overpasses. The video below explains what black ice is, how it forms and why it can be treacherous for drivers. NCDOT advises motorists who must travel in areas with black ice to go slow and leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you. And, of course, always wear your seat belt. For real-time information anytime about road conditions, call 511, visit our travel webpage or follow one of our many Twitter feeds. You can also "know before you go" with NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the NCDOT website. Just type "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser to access it.
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4/14/2013: Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Posted 4/14/2013 12:13:56 AM

RALEIGH — The opening of the U.S. 64 swing bridge over the Alligator River scheduled for today will be delayed. A key part used to keep the bridge closed and support the weight of the vehicles called a wedge guide broke during repairs. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working to find replacement parts. However, the part may have to be custom made if a replacement is not located, which may delay the reopening for a couple of days. NCDOT will provide more information as soon as it's available. During the closure, motorists traveling from Columbia should use the following signed detour: N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64 Motorists traveling from Dare County should use the following signed detour: U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64 For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on 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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones. Editor’s Note: Click here for an up-close look at the rehabilitation work. The project webpage also offers more information about the work.   ***NCDOT***
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12/16/2010: THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

Posted 12/16/2010 11:42:38 AM

RALEIGH — Interstates, four-lane primary roads and other routes considered to be essential to the movement of intrastate traffic, are top priorities when it comes to winter weather treatment. The state is divided up into 14 divisions. Officials from each division evaluate roads and prioritize anti-icing and de-icing. If the temperature is around 32 degrees and frozen precipitation is in the forecast, NCDOT pretreats its roads. The decision to pretreat roads is made 24 to 48 hours in advance of a winter storm. NCDOT typically uses salt brine, a solution of water and salt, to treat its roads. Salt brine is a cost-effective way to keep roads safe, costing about 13 cents per gallon to manufacture. Salt brine can only be applied to the road when it is not raining because the moisture will dilute the solution and wash it off the road. Salt brine can used to pretreat roads in temperatures as low as 18 degrees. For the latest road and weather updates, visit NCDOT’s Traffic Management Information System (TIMS), follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, call 511 or use NCDOT Mobile by typing "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser. ***NCDOT***
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7/16/2014: NCDOT to Conduct Emergency Pavement Repair Along I-85 Near The Lake Road Exit in Davidson County

NCDOT to Conduct Emergency Pavement Repair Along I-85 Near The Lake Road Exit in Davidson County

Posted 7/16/2014 12:08:22 PM

WINSTON-SALEM — On Thursday July 17, N.C. Department of Transportation crews will begin a critical pavement repair on the middle lane of I-85 north between the Davidson County Rest area and Lake Road Exit 102 just South of Thomasville.  NCDOT will close the two right lanes of I-85 North at the work site starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night and all lanes should reopen by 5 a.m. Friday morning. Impact to traffic during this time will be high and motorists may use Business 85 as an alternate route. NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.  For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit http://www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on 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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.
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