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Some Closed Lanes In NC To Open For July 4 Traffic

This former high-occupancy lane over I-85 on I-77 southbound will be widened to carry two toll lanes.
David Boraks

RALEIGH — North Carolina's Transportation Department is suspending most road construction projects that cause lane closures on major routes across the state for the July Fourth holiday.

The department says in a news release that it will suspend those projects Wednesday through Friday, where possible. In some locations, the roads must remain closed for safety reasons.

In some cases, the lane closures also might be suspended on Sunday, when heavy traffic also is expected.

In addition, sobriety checkpoints will be in place in all 100 counties through Sunday as part of the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program's Operation Firecracker. That campaign began this week and is geared toward catching people who are driving under the influence.