NCDOT explains Sunday’s traffic jam in Leland
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland traffic is making headlines once again. Unannounced maintenance work led to a big build up of traffic last night. Today the DOT told us what they were doing and why it happened.
Traffic was so slow, some folks were apparently checking Facebook.
Rob Dylan Milteer posted a picture with the caption, “4.1 miles from 3rd street. Been 2 hours for 2 miles of movement. it’s rough out here tonight.”
Another man stuck in the traffic named William O’Johnson wrote, “When i went through there they were painting over the white lines. No other work just painting over the white line.”
Why did the DOT shut down all but one lane of traffic? Well, O’Johnson was sort of right.
DOT construction engineer Jackson Provost says starting work several hours earlier than scheduled on Sunday was a last-minute decision.
“We were striping out some solid lines that we had talked about with the public,” Provost said. “The thought process was that on Sunday the traffic wouldn’t be that bad, and we wouldn’t back traffic up.”
But that is not what happened. The line of cars stretched for miles.
“I’m sorry for that. That was definitely not our intent,” Provost said.
According to information the DOT gave out at a public meeting Tuesday night, lane closures are only allowed after 8 p.m. Provost said what happened Sunday was an exception to the rule.
He also tells us they would have gotten this done last week if it hadn’t been for the rain. He says they deeply apologize for the inconvenience it caused everyone involved. The repainting of the lines was something he says needed to be done, for the safety of drivers and workers.
The DOT says it is going to do everything it can to prevent this from happening again.
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