UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Traffic and highway construction may not mix in the summer months in what contractors consider a speed trap for motorists.
Blythe Construction, which is widening 10.8 miles of 601 from the South Carolina line to Monroe, will be shifting traffic lanes on portions of the road beginning in June.
Blythe Construction hired off-duty police to patrol Hwy. 601 on a regular basis, said N.C. Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Dennis Cloud.
“With the current commitment of law enforcement, this addition of more police presence will hopefully make 601 what some people call a ‘speed trap’ … a title we all want this stretch of road to have,” he said.
Traffic enforcement is expected to pick up as summer travel increases beginning Memorial Day weekend, said Blythe representatives.
Upwards of 2 miles of Hwy 601 from Pageland is expected to shift allowing for construction workers to widen and resurface the existing road.
“We plan to have several traffic shifts this summer that will place cars in a new driving pattern, so we really need drivers to be aware, obey the posted speed limit and not to tailgate other cars,” said Blythe 601 Project Manager Wayne Ramsey.
Additional patrols could continue through the project’s completion in 2009, Bylthe representatives said.
Motorists can report reckless driving on Hwy 601 via cell phone to North Carolina Highway Patrol by dialing the star icon HP or 911.

For comments or questions about the 601 project, visit the project web site at www.us601widening.com