North Carolina Traffic Safety: Signs, Congestion and Construction Safety

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will start installing a new, advanced warning system along Interstate 277 and Interstate 77. The project installation will be taking place in Charlotte from 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., so drivers beware. This new system is going to help to keep an eye on traffic speed and volume. This information will be sent to motorists. It’s going to help to prevent traffic jams and backups. These conditions are common on I-77 North to I-277 Outer.
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Mooresville’s Consolidated Power Inc. is in charge of this project. Workers with the company will mill and replace the current pavement markings on these roadways and will install the new warning detection system. This new system consists of two flashing LED beacons and two Microwave Vehicle Detection (MVD).

Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that preparation is key in getting to and from your destination safely. Part of this preparation is knowing the traffic conditions of the traffic, the roads and the weather. This system is going to provide some needed assistance.

How it’s going to work is it’s going to collect the traffic information and then send it over to a processor. After it gets there, it’s going to display a message on either one of both of the beacons. It’s going to display the location, too. When traffic slows down to 20 miles per hour, the first beacon (the one near I-77) will be activated. It traffic is still running slow by Tryon Street, then the second beacon will activate. Motorists will also see additional signage in the ares warning them of slow or halted traffic. Those signs will also be installed in the new project.

Lane Closures for the Project:

-I-277, Closed between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

-Two lanes may close after 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-Weekend lane closures possible.

NCDOT reminds drivers to keep an eye out for construction information. You’re also asked to remain alert behind the wheel and to obey the speed limit.

Most accidents that occur in roadside work areas are traffic related.

According to The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, there were close to 10 people who were killed in traffic accidents in work zones in the state of North Carolina in 2010.

Driving Tips for Work Zones:

-Obey the posted speed limits. Be aware that these speeds are often reduced from the normal speed limit in the area.

-Stay alert. Curb the distractions and keep your eyes on the road.

-Keep an eye out for roadside workers.

-Drive with your headlights on.

-Be extra careful when driving through these areas

-Be patient and expect delays. Crews are working their best to get you through the area as quickly and as safely as possible.

If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with a car accident attorney today.

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