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TRAFFIC ALERT – Planned Nighttime Closure of US 421 This Week

TRAFFIC ALERT – Planned Nighttime Closure of US 421 This Week

Traffic & Roads
Credit - TomTom / Microsoft LIBERTY N.C. - Nightly closures are planned for a stretch of U.S. 421 in Randolph County this week so contractors can work on a bridge. Monday & Tuesday Southbound US-421 will be closed with a detour on Monday (8/21/23) and Tuesday (8/22/23) nights from the hours of 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM to allow crews to set bridge girders for the construction of a new bridge at the Julian Airport Road interchange currently under construction. South Bound traffic will detour onto Shiloh Road and will follow Shiloh Road back to US 421 South Bound. Detours will be signed to assist motorists. View incident on NC DOT website Thursday & Friday Northbound US 421 will be closed on Thursday night (8/24/2023) and Friday night (8/25/2023) between the ...
Unknown Situation Causing Delays on I-73/74

Unknown Situation Causing Delays on I-73/74

Breaking News, Traffic & Roads
[Scott Pelkey | North State Journal] ASHEBORO N.C. - An unknown situation is causing delays on I-73/74 near Asheboro as police investigate. At around 5:40 p.m. on July 22nd, 2023, emergency crews responded to I-73/74 Southbound, near the Pineview exit, for an injured person in the roadway. One person was transported from the scene with critical injuries to a local trauma center. Investigators are on the scene now and traffic delays are expected in the area. This is a developing story. The news desk is reaching out to officials for more information and will provide an update as more information is made available.
NCDOT Urges Safety Around Railroad Tracks

NCDOT Urges Safety Around Railroad Tracks

Traffic & Roads
If there is an emergency at a railroad crossing, call the number on the blue sign at the crossing. (NC DOT) RALEIGH N.C. (NC DOT) - State transportation officials are reminding people to stay off railroad property because it is illegal and dangerous. “Railroad property and tracks are for trains and are not for walking, jogging or any form of trespassing,” said Jason Orthner, director for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division. “This time of year, students are also taking senior and prom pictures. We strongly urge photographers to not trespass on railroad property.” NCDOT’s Rail Division also urges people to follow these tips: Pedestrians should always cross the railroad at safe, legal crossings such as bridges, underpasses, and railroad crossings with signage....
Impending Closure to U.S. 421 Crossover

Impending Closure to U.S. 421 Crossover

Traffic & Roads
New road patterns at Browns Meadow Road and US HWY 421 now has a median taken away the cross over to the mega site at the Toyota Mega site in Liberty, NC on July 18, 2022. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL (Archive Photo) JULIAN (NC DOT)– The N.C. Department of Transportation will improve traffic flow and safety by removing a center crossover intersection on U.S. 421 in Randolph County next month. An NCDOT contractor will close the left-turn movements from Shiloh Road/Colonial Trading Path to U.S. 421 on March 20 to reduce the possibility of t-bone and angle crashes at this location. Drivers will soon turn right from Shiloh Road or Colonial Trading Path, travel on U.S. 421 for a short distance and safely make a u-turn to travel on their desired route. In addition, U.S. 421 wil...
Ramseur to Install Speed Bumps on Two Roads

Ramseur to Install Speed Bumps on Two Roads

Traffic & Roads
Road bumps to reduce speed. Stock photo by (weyo / Adobe Stock) ASHEBORO N.C. - The Town of Ramseur will soon be installing speed bumps on two roads in town to help cut down on speeding. On a post on the Town's Facebook page on January 31st, 2023, officials say in the next week they will be installing speed bumps on Wright Street and Liberty Street (Coleridge Rd to Jordan Rd portion). "We hope this will control the issues of speeding on these Town Streets." says the post.
U.S. 421 to be Resurfaced in Portion of Randolph County

U.S. 421 to be Resurfaced in Portion of Randolph County

Traffic & Roads
ASHEBORO N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced a $6.2 million contract has been awarded to bring improvements to nearly 15 miles of U.S. 421 in Chatham and Randolph counties. Under the contract companies will be preforming milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along both directions of U.S. 421 South between the Chatham County line and U.S. 64. Northbound and southbound ramps at exits 180 (Piney Grove Church Road), 181 (N.C. 49), and 183 (Old Liberty Road) will also be improved under the project. The work can start as soon as March 1 and wrap up in the fall of 2024.
“Booze It & Lose It” Holiday Enforcement Campaign Started Yesterday

“Booze It & Lose It” Holiday Enforcement Campaign Started Yesterday

Traffic & Roads
Law enforcement officers are increasing patrols to crack down on impaired driving, as part of the "Booze It & Lose It" holiday enforcement effort. So far this year, 432 people have been killed in North Carolina in impaired driving crashes. (Photo provided by NC DOT) RALEIGH N.C. (NCDOT) – Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols as part of the statewide “Booze It & Lose It” holiday enforcement effort that starts today and concludes Jan. 2. “If you’re out celebrating this holiday season, make sure you have a sober ride home,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, or NCGHSP. “If you drive under the influence, you have a lot to lose. Not only could you kill yourself or someone else, but you could face thousands of dollars in co...
Buckle Up. It Could Save Your Life – Thanksgiving Safety Campaign

Buckle Up. It Could Save Your Life – Thanksgiving Safety Campaign

Traffic & Roads
Traffic on I-73/74 near Asheboro (Stock Photo / Acme News Archive) RALEIGH N.C. (NC DOT) - Please buckle up if you’re driving or riding anywhere this Thanksgiving. That’s the message coming from the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program as part of this year’s Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign. “This is traditionally one of the busiest times for travel, but we want people to get where they’re going safely,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “The sad truth is most of these deaths and injuries are preventable. If people wore seat belts every time they get into a vehicle, we would save so many lives.” The campaign, which runs from Nov. 21-27, aims to encourage motorists to buckle up through innovative and extensive enforcem...
NC DOT To Hold Public Meeting To Discuss 421 Intersection Improvements

NC DOT To Hold Public Meeting To Discuss 421 Intersection Improvements

Local, Traffic & Roads
New road patterns at Browns Meadow Road and US HWY 421 now has a median taken away the cross over to the mega site at the Toyota Mega site in Liberty, NC on July 18, 2022. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO N.C. - The NC DOT has scheduled a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to intersections on 421 in Liberty near the Guilford County line. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 from 5-7 pm at the Liberty Town Hall (239 S. Fayetteville St, Liberty, NC) and is open to the public. The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to convert three at-grade intersections (conventional/traditional intersections) on U.S. 421 and make other improvements in Randolph County near the Guilford County line. Improvements include: 1. Conversion of at-...
State Transportation Officials Urge Safety Around Railroads

State Transportation Officials Urge Safety Around Railroads

Traffic & Roads
RALEIGH N.C. (NCDOT)– The N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding people to stay off railroad tracks after multiple incidents involving a train and either a vehicle or pedestrian. Already this year there have been 51 incidents with vehicles and pedestrians on railroad tracks in North Carolina; 10 people have died. “That’s why we’re always reminding people to be very careful around railroad tracks,” said Jason Orthner, director for NCDOT’s Rail Division. “Railroads are only meant for trains. Drivers should obey traffic laws and never stop on the tracks. Also, people should never walk, jog or take pictures on railroad tracks. Doing so is extremely dangerous.” Staff in NCDOT’s Rail Division also urge people to follow these tips: If there is an emergency at a railroad crossing...