Officials urge caution over holiday

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 07:43 PM

As residents get ready for travel over the Labor Day weekend, North Carolina transportation and law enforcement personnel have been preparing to keep them safe.

The state Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbott said all lanes normally closed on Interstate 85 between exits 195 and 202 in Granville County will be open during the holiday.

Road construction and maintenance throughout the state will be suspended along most interstates and state and federal routes from 4 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Tuesday to keep traffic down.

“The smaller areas will be allowed to work,” Abbott said. “It’s a case by case basis on the smaller projects.”

Steve Winstead, district engineer for Vance County’s transportation department, said one area will remain closed within the county — Southerland Mill Road.

“That road has been closed for a while because they are repairing the bridge there,” he said. “I think people are pretty much accustomed to it.”

Winstead said the only problems he anticipates are accidents.

The state’s Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign began Aug. 15 and runs until Monday.

Lt. Christopher Ball, Henderson Police Department spokesman, said officers will be out patrolling the streets for drunk drivers.

He said no checkpoints have been established, yet, although he wants all drivers to pay special attention at stoplights.

“We have had some collisions in the last few weeks from those trying to make it through those yellow lights,” he said.

Warren County has no construction projects that could interfere with travel this weekend.

Oxford has two that could cause delays: one on U.S. 15 near Sanders Road and another on Currin Road.

 

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