Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:47

NCDOT: Segment of Fayetteville outer loop opens and holiday travel begins

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RALEIGH — The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.


Segment of Fayetteville Outer Loop Opens

Earlier this week, NCDOT joined Fort Bragg and local officials in Fayetteville to celebrate another segment opening on the Fayetteville Outer Loop, which will become Interstate 295.

The nearly 7-mile section will continue to improve mobility and safety in the region, promote economic development and provide better highway access for Fort Bragg.

The overall completion of the loop is expected in 2024.

Thanksgiving Travel Begins

Thanksgiving holiday travel is upon us. 

AAA estimates more than 1.3 million North Carolinians will hit the road for the November holiday, with Sunday being one of the busiest.

NCDOT has put most road construction projects on hold across the state through the evening of Dec. 2. Although most crews will not be working, you may still see some lane closures and traffic shifts.

Visit drivenc.gov for the most up to date information.

Click It or Ticket

And while you’re in the car, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding everyone to buckle up.

Law enforcement is patrolling North Carolina roads as part of the Thanksgiving ‘Click it or Ticket It’ campaign through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Even when the campaign ends, state law requires all passengers in a vehicle to be restrained or be prepared for a ticket of up to $179.

NCDOT wants everyone to arrive alive.

Tree of Life

To remember those who have lost their lives in vehicle crashes, the annual Tree of Life Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. at the State Capitol. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The tree will be illuminated with three different colored lights:

  • Red to memorialize the victims of alcohol related crashes;
  • Blue to memorialize law enforcement who’ve died on North Carolina roadways; and 
  • White to commemorate the lives lost in all vehicles.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at 919-707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.