Strategy AC4.4: Implement recommendations from the Congestion Management Plan concerning hot-spot and bottleneck improvements.
Focusing on hot spots and bottlenecks and small changes that can ameliorate problems in these areas can have large benefits. For example, many trucks struggle with climbing quickly and descending safely in the mountainous terrain; improvements such as climbing lanes can ease backups on congested roads caused by slow trucks. While the improvement might only be needed for a short section of the corridor, it could improve operations along the entire corridor and at much lower costs than large-scale widening projects or new roadways on new alignments. Moreover, some of these projects can be done at the local or North Carolina Department of Transportation Division level, allowing greater flexibility and often a shorter implementation timeframe.