The N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction projects over July Fourth weekend to help ease highway congestion over the holiday.

Where possible, lanes that have been closed for construction on interstates or U.S. or N.C. highways will be opened from the morning of Thursday, July 1 through the evening of Tuesday, July 6.  The heaviest traffic is expected Monday, especially on interstates, so people should plan accordingly. 

Exceptions will include bridges being replaced and other long-term lane construction that cannot be temporarily removed.

The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Fourth of July Booze It & Lose it campaign, called ‘Operation Firecracker’ will be in force during the holiday weekend, targeting impaired drivers. Law enforcement agencies will have sobriety checkpoints in all 100 counties to help keep the roads safe.

As always, motorists are urged to pay extra attention and use caution when traveling. Make sure all vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts, don’t drive impaired, and obey the speed limit.

Check the status of your travel route at DriveNC.gov or call 511 during daytime hours.