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State Transportation Officials Urge Safety Around Railroads

State Transportation Officials Urge Safety Around Railroads

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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...
Closure Planned For NC Hwy 49 In Liberty

Closure Planned For NC Hwy 49 In Liberty

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LIBERTY N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation says a portion of NC Hwy 49 in Liberty will be closed for several days as crews work to replace a crossline. According to a Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS) Alert sent out this morning Hwy 49 in Liberty will be closed between mile markers 36.4 to 37.3 (between S Valley St and Highfill St). Work is expected to start on Monday July 25th and end on Friday July 29th 2022. NC DOT / OpenStreetMaps / Microsoft You can keep track of all active road closures in the county as well as see more information on our Road Closures / Incidents page.
Traffic Advisory: Road Work at Asheboro Walmart

Traffic Advisory: Road Work at Asheboro Walmart

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ASHEBORO N.C. - Officials are warning drivers of construction at the entrance/exit to the Asheboro Wal-Mart over the next 2 weeks. Detour Instructions EntranceThe entrance to the Wal-Mart parking lot has not changed. Drivers can enter where they normally would. ExitTo exit the parking lot use alternate on the east side of the parking lot near Burkes Outlet. Chick-fil-ATo reach Chick-fil-A use the entrance to Wal-Mart and after entering make a U-turn in the main parking lot and head out the normal exit until signs direct you off to the right to go through another parking lot to reach Chick-fil-A's parking lot from the rear. Credit: Asheboro Police Department
DOT Announces ‘Operation Firecracker’ Ahead of Holiday Travel

DOT Announces ‘Operation Firecracker’ Ahead of Holiday Travel

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Car and trucks in Traffic jam on highway in rush hour (bignai/Adobe Stock) ASHEBORO N.C. - Today marks the start of one of the busiest holiday travel seasons of the year. AAA says they predict around 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend from June 30th to July 4th. That number is up 3.7% over 2021, bringing the number of travelers just shy of the numbers in 2019, prior to most COVID-19 Stay at Home orders. In preparation for the increase in holiday travel, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program has started its annual Fourth of July Booze It & Lose It campaign, this year known as 'Operation Firecracker'. Troopers with the State Highway Patrol will have an increased its presence across North Carolina to stop or discourage unsa...
Traffic Alert – Backup On I-73 NB (Spero Rd)

Traffic Alert – Backup On I-73 NB (Spero Rd)

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Credit PJ Ward-Brown / North State Journal ASHEBORO N.C. - A traffic back-up up on I-73 NB near the Spero Rd exit north of Asheboro is the result of Troopers with the Highway Patrol's Collision Reconstruction Unit who are on-scene investigating the fatal accident that killed 2 children earlier this week. According to Master Trooper Brian Martin, Troop D Public Information Officer with the Highway Patrol, the Collision Reconstruction Unit is on-scene investigating a previous fatal collision and requested assistance from the fire department to shut down the exit ramp (not the interstate) so that they could map the scene with a drone. At the time this article is published Google Maps live traffic shows the backup is clearing with congestion starting at Vision Dr and clearing up jus...
Road/Traffic Pattern Changes Coming Near Greensboro-Randolph Megasite

Road/Traffic Pattern Changes Coming Near Greensboro-Randolph Megasite

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LIBERTY N.C. (NC DOT)– Changes are in the works for an intersection along U.S. 421 as part of the roadway improvements for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite project. Daily lane closures will be in place on U.S. 421 near Julian Airport Road through mid-June. The closures will enable contract crews to safely install acceleration and deceleration lanes on U.S. 421. NC DOT - TIMS Daily Lane Closures STARTThu, May 19, 2022, 8:00 AMENDFri, Jun 10, 2022, 5:00 PMWHATDaily lane closures to allow contractor to install a North bound acceleration and deceleration lane on NB US 421 at SR 2502 (Julian Airport Road) and to remove median crossover.1 of 2 lanes closed. Expected impact to traffic is Medium.DETOURDaily lane closures in both North and South bound lanes as need to install a NB acce...
Early Morning Crash Results In Delays on I-73/74

Early Morning Crash Results In Delays on I-73/74

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ASHEBORO N.C. (NC SHP) – Two cars stopped after a minor crash on I-73/74 this morning were struck by a third vehicle bringing the early morning commute on the interstate to a crawl. According to a press release from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NC SHP), at 7:26 am on Friday, May 6th 2022, troopers responded to the report of a crash that occurred on I-73 (southbound) near Presnell Street in Randolph County. The NC SHP was already sending Troopers to another accident in the southbound lanes of I-73, inside Asheboro City limits. That first accident had started to backup traffic on the interstate. (Credit Westside Fire & Rescue via Facebook) Eric Wayne Thomas, 41, of High Point, N.C, was stopped in the southbound travel lane of I-73, in a 2013 Honda Civic. Hayden...
NCDOT “Work Zone Awareness Month and Speed A Little, Lose A Lot”

NCDOT “Work Zone Awareness Month and Speed A Little, Lose A Lot”

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Andrey / Adobe Stock RALEIGH N.C. (NCDOT) – Construction is ramping up across the state, and officials are using the upcoming week as a reminder to drive safely in work zones. April 11-15 is Work Zone Awareness Week across North Carolina. Drivers should always use caution when traveling through a work zone and follow these tips: Turn on headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.Dedicate your full attention to the road.Never change lanes in a work zone. Earlier this week, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program unveiled the National Work Zone Memorial, as it made a stop at a Welcome Center off Interstate 95. The traveling memorial honors those killed in work zones nationwide, including 37 fallen workers in our state. In 2021, there were 6,200 crashes i...