Buses Now Allowed to Drive on Road Shoulder in Durham, Says NCDOT

Travelers along Interstate 40 in Durham County will be seeing something new — buses on the shoulder of the road. It’s the B.O.S.S., or the Bus On Shoulder System. It’s been designed to help to make traveling within the Triangle a little more reliable. It’s going to allow Triangle Transit buses to drive on the shoulder of the interstate and other areas of Durham County when other traffic is traveling at speeds that are less than 35 miles per hour, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
On Interstate 40, buses are now permitted to drive on the shoulder of the road from Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) to U.S. 15-501 interchange. On Interstate 40 East, buses are allowed to now travel on the shoulder from U.S. 15-501 to the Page Road Exit. The route is overall about 20 miles long. The goal of this program is to help buses to avoid congestion on our roadways, especially during the busy travel season when traffic picks up. Passengers will be more likely to get to their destinations on time now.

Our Durham personal injury attorneys understand that this program helps to support Governor Bev Perdue’s goals to providing efficient access to jobs and education for all residents, including those who rely on our bus program. Unfortunately, safe driving advocates are worried that this new system is going to cause more of a headache. Officials are worried about many things. Some feel that by allowing buses to ride along the shoulder we will also be seeing increased risks for accidents. Shoulders are present to help to give drivers an “out” in the event of an emergency and to provide space for cars that may be having difficulty. Unfortunately, this space will no longer be available if buses are using it as an extra lane of traffic.

That’s not all that’s going on along our North Carolina roadways that is concerning safe driving advocates. We’re also going to start seeing major work starting to improve the I-41/I-77 Interchange. The project includes a number of smaller projects. Construction crews will be busy building new ramps on both of the interstates, they’ll be widening Interstate 40 from four lanes to six lanes, they’ll be rebuilding or replacing the three bridges that are already there and they will be adding a diverging diamond interchange at U.S. 21 and Interstate 40.

The interchange right now was built back in the late 1960s and officials believe that it has outlived its service life. The near $90 million project with help to modernize how traffic flows through the area, helping to make it safer and easier for drivers to get to where they need to go.

Drivers are asked to be safe and cautious when traveling through these areas. You’re not only urged to keep a lookout for buses now traveling on the shoulders of our roadways, but also to be cautious when traveling through road work areas. Slow down and be on the lookout for both roadside workers and roadside vehicles. Safety should be your top priority behind the wheel. Consider leaving a little bit early for your destination to avoid having to rush.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident in Durham or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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