Heavy congestion expected on I-85 and I-95

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

RALEIGH ó The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for heavy traffic congestion anticipated along interstates 85 and 95 from now until Friday, Jan. 23 due to activities surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

In an effort to decrease congestion, the department will suspend work on major construction projects on I-85 North and I-95 North from Saturday, Jan. 17, until Tuesday, Jan. 20. Work will be suspended on I-85 South and I-95 South from Wednesday, Jan. 21, until Friday, Jan. 23.

NCDOT will be using dynamic message signs to inform motorists of heavy traffic conditions expected north of Richmond, Va. The department will also be working with transportation officials in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. to alert northbound and southbound motorists of any incidents and delays.

While in route, motorists can dial 511, North Carolinaís toll-free travel system, to obtain real-time information. Updates will be made as travel conditions change.

NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes, when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel or calling 511.