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Jacksonville Officials Warn of Congestion

JACKSONVILLE — Officials in the Onslow County city advised Thursday that a major intersection at the end of the Jacksonville bypass should be avoided because of heavy traffic volume from hurricane evacuees using the route.

The heavy traffic also caused work on the hurricane-damaged traffic signals planned for Friday to be delayed.

Traffic was backed up for miles Thursday at the N.C. 24, U.S. 258 and N.C. 53 intersection, a key link in a route now open to Wilmington, according to a release from the city. The route had been promoted as a safe way to the southern coast after several roads were closed as a result of flooding.

The work delayed as a result of heavy traffic use could take place during the weekend. Transportation officials will evaluate the demand on the intersection before establishing a time.

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