Travel through ENC still possible, be ready for detours


GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – There are a lot of road closures across eastern Carolina. The Greene Street bridge in Greenville is just one example.

The good news is, if you really want to, traveling across Eastern NC is still possible. Just be prepared for a detour.

9 On Your Side took a trip around the area to show the different ways to access major cities across the region

On your way to Lenoir County, you may run into barricades. Officials open and close the roadway as waters rise and recede.

As of Thursday morning, Highway 11 in Grifton is open aside from one southbound lane. However, that could change quickly.

As for Craven County, roads to Bear Town are all clear, take 43 to 17 and you should be good.

While parts of 264 east were closed earlier this week, it is now back in business. You should be able to drive to Washington without a detour.

On the other side, heading toward Raleigh, as of Wednesday afternoon, everything was clear.

Greene County is a different story. A host of flooded roads across the county leaves travelers looking for directions and confused.

“You’re going to have to go this way that way; roads are closed, and it’s just a mess it’s a mess out here,” said Jean Thomas, Greene County resident.

If you don’t know the back roads, that can present another danger, especially at night as roadways are still being taken over by flood waters.

“It shouldn’t be done, especially if you don’t know where you’re going,” said Thomas.

Road closures change minute to minute. Something we drove through Wednesday night could have easily closed thirty minutes after we left.

NC DOT’s website is a great resource. Click here for more information. Your county’s EOC can also be helpful.

Regardless of how you think the roads are, officials say driving at night right now is just not a good idea.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s