Accidents slow travel on Triangle’s major highways

From staff reportsDecember 26, 2013 

Traffic backs up on Interstate 40 near New Hope Church Road. The N.C. Department of Transportation reported an accident in the westbound lanes near mile marker 264 on Thursday morning.


— Accidents slowed traffic along Interstates 40, 85 and 540 Thursday morning in the Triangle, according to reports from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Lanes have been reopened on I-40 west two miles from Exit 266 after an accident closed them earlier, NC DOT reported.

Freezing rain spreading across the Triangle and central North Carolina on Thursday morning created hazardous driving conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory that remained in effect until 10 a.m. Temperatures were expected to rise above freezing later this morning.

The state called in crews this morning after the weather advisory was issued, said Nicole D. Meister in an NC DOT news release. They treated icy spots on roads with a salt and sand mixture.

Motorists can check road conditions these ways:

* Call 511, the NC DOT’s toll-free travel information line

* Visit NCDOT’s traffic page

* Visit NCDOT's mobile website

In Wake County, three of four westbound lanes were closed on Interstate 540 near mile marker 4 because of an accident, NC DOT reported. The lanes were expected to reopen by 10 a.m.

Also, the westbound median was closed on I-40 at US 1/64 near mile marker 293, NC DOT reported. The lanes were expected to reopen by 10 a.m.

In Durham County, the left lane was closed on the ramp from Interstate 85 south to US-15-501, because of a vehicle accident, NC DOT reported. The ramp reopened shortly before 8 a.m.

An accident closed two of four northbound lanes on NC 147 near mile marker 16 in Durham, NC DOT reported. The two left lanes were reopened by 9 a.m.

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