August 27, 2014

NC traffic will be heavier, gas prices lower for Labor Day weekend

Extra state troopers will be be assigned to catch speeding, impaired and aggressive drivers on North Carolina interstates and other major highways.

Gas prices are falling, and the beaches are calling. North Carolina’s highways will be busy over the Labor Day weekend.

Triangle drivers were paying an average $3.349 per gallon for regular gas Wednesday – down 12 cents in the past month and 15 cents in the past year, according to the Oil Price Information Service.

Citing economic growth and the decline in gas prices, AAA predicts that 1.01 million North Carolina residents will travel somewhere during the last holiday weekend of summer – 1.5 percent more than for Labor Day in 2013.

The N.C. Highway Patrol will have extra troopers out on interstates and other major highways, watching for drivers who are aggressive, speeding or impaired. State troopers investigated 14 fatal crashes last Labor Day weekend.

Highs are expected in the low 80s in the mountains, high 80s on the coast and low 90s in the Triangle.

“It should be great Saturday and Sunday at the beaches, with a chance of a stray storm,” said Steve Stewart, an ABC11 meteorologist. “Most of Saturday and Sunday look really nice around the Triangle, where the chance of rain comes in on Labor Day. It should be a nice summer weekend overall.”

The state Department of Transportation will suspend most bridge and road work, but travelers will see lanes closed over the three-day weekend at some construction sites:

• At the southeast corner of Raleigh’s Beltline, Interstate 440 is reduced to two lanes in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264.
• I-40 in Haywood County is reduced to two lanes each way between mileposts 34 and 37.
• I-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes each way between I-40 and I-85.

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