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Archive for November, 2011

NCDOT to suspend most road work for holiday travel

Monday, November 21st, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The NC Department of Transportation is taking steps to help motorists save both time and money this Thanksgiving by suspending most road construction activities on major routes across the state. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations more quickly while also cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

Most construction projects along interstate, NC and US routes will be suspended beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, with two exceptions:

·US 17 Business in Jacksonville (Onslow County) is reduced to two-lane, two-way traffic on the Buddy Phillips Bridge over the New River for construction of a new bridge; and
·US 17 in Windsor (Bertie County) is reduced to one lane on the Cashie River Bridge due to construction. Traffic is controlled by signals; however, commercial trucks are restricted on this route and detour signs are in place. All motorists are encouraged to use the US 17 Bypass around Windsor to avoid possible delays.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. The site has a number of features to help travelers. For example, users can easily locate North Carolina Rest Areas where they can take a break from their drive by selecting which road they are traveling on from a list of 17 interstates and US routes. They can then view the location of all rest areas on a road by mile marker. Clicking on a specific rest area pulls up more information about amenities at the location, as well as the option to view the facility on a map and get directions.

To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones. Here are some additional tips to stay safe on the highways:

·Buckle Up
·Don’t drink and drive
·Stay alert
·Obey the speed limit
·Minimize distractions

To help reduce fuel consumption:

·Don’t rush. “Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking alone can increase fuel consumption by 40 percent, but reduce travel time by only four percent.
·Observe the speed limit. Not exceeding 60 miles per hour (where legally allowed) can improve mileage by 7-23 percent.
·Use cruise control. Using cruise control on 10,000 miles driven in a year could save you nearly $200 and save more than 60 gallons of fuel, according to the US Department of Transportation.
·Remove unnecessary items. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by up to two percent. Wind resistance can also reduce mileage so avoid using luggage racks, rooftop carriers and ski racks when they are not needed.
·Maintain your vehicle. Keeping your tires properly inflated, changing your oil and replacing air filters can all help improve fuel economy.

Visit “Drive Green, Save Green,” to learn more tips.

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Living Christmas Tree lighting to continue; ceremony will be downtown

Monday, November 21st, 2011

At least part of the decades-old Port City tradition will continue.

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Man dies after crashing classic car without seat belts

Monday, November 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is dead after crashing his classic car Sunday.

Wilmington Police says William Samuel White, 60, of Wilmington was driving his 1955 Morgan convertible north on South 3rd Street from Carolina Beach Road when he crossed the center line and hit another car. The antique car does not have seat belts, and police say he died on impact. They are not sure why he cross the center line. White’s passenger, Abby Star Cottle, 21, also from Wilmington, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were treated and released from the hospital. Police say seat belts and airbags in their 2008 Kia Spectra worked as they were supposed to.

The crash investigation continues.

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Hearing scheduled on postal switch

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting in December.

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Crash kills driver of antique car

Monday, November 21st, 2011

William White was operating his antique 1955 Morgan convertible when he was killed.

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