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2/13/2014: NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

Posted 2/13/2014 8:47:09 PM

NCDOT crews warn motorists traveling overnight into Friday morning about the dangers of black ice. With sub-freezing temperatures, any snow or ice that melted Thursday could refreeze, creating slick and potentially dangerous driving conditions. The department advises motorists to stay home and avoid the roads. But, if you must get out and about, please you extreme caution, especially on bridges and overpasses. The video below explains what black ice is, how it forms and why it can be treacherous for drivers. NCDOT advises motorists who must travel in areas with black ice to go slow and leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you. And, of course, always wear your seat belt. For real-time information anytime about road conditions, call 511, visit our travel webpage or follow one of our many Twitter feeds. You can also "know before you go" with NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the NCDOT website. Just type "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser to access it.
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4/14/2013: Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Posted 4/14/2013 12:13:56 AM

RALEIGH — The opening of the U.S. 64 swing bridge over the Alligator River scheduled for today will be delayed. A key part used to keep the bridge closed and support the weight of the vehicles called a wedge guide broke during repairs. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working to find replacement parts. However, the part may have to be custom made if a replacement is not located, which may delay the reopening for a couple of days. NCDOT will provide more information as soon as it's available. During the closure, motorists traveling from Columbia should use the following signed detour: N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64 Motorists traveling from Dare County should use the following signed detour: U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64 For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones. Editor’s Note: Click here for an up-close look at the rehabilitation work. The project webpage also offers more information about the work.   ***NCDOT***
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12/16/2010: THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

Posted 12/16/2010 11:42:38 AM

RALEIGH — Interstates, four-lane primary roads and other routes considered to be essential to the movement of intrastate traffic, are top priorities when it comes to winter weather treatment. The state is divided up into 14 divisions. Officials from each division evaluate roads and prioritize anti-icing and de-icing. If the temperature is around 32 degrees and frozen precipitation is in the forecast, NCDOT pretreats its roads. The decision to pretreat roads is made 24 to 48 hours in advance of a winter storm. NCDOT typically uses salt brine, a solution of water and salt, to treat its roads. Salt brine is a cost-effective way to keep roads safe, costing about 13 cents per gallon to manufacture. Salt brine can only be applied to the road when it is not raining because the moisture will dilute the solution and wash it off the road. Salt brine can used to pretreat roads in temperatures as low as 18 degrees. For the latest road and weather updates, visit NCDOT’s Traffic Management Information System (TIMS), follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, call 511 or use NCDOT Mobile by typing "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser. ***NCDOT***
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3/3/2014: TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

Posted 3/3/2014 10:04:16 AM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) lets commuters check road and weather conditions in real-time from their computers and smartphones any time, anywhere. The goal of TIMS is to help drivers “know before you go.” TIMS lets users search conditions by region, route and county. TIMS also offers live traffic cameras that show real-time images, and gives up-to-the-minute updates on incidents and adverse weather. Visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims to get started. Select a region, route or county from the drop-down menus provided. The user will then have access to two tabs — incidents and adverse weather — and sometimes a third, traffic, depending on the area.
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Under the incident tab, there are three columns. The description column explains what the situation is. Descriptions include maintenance, construction, traffic and accidents. Click on the description link for details on where the incident is, the reason for the incident and a timetable of when the incident will be completed. The road column tells where the incident is taking place. The location column gives the specific mile marker and nearby roads so users can pinpoint the area they need to avoid.
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Under the adverse weather tab, there are five columns — county, interstates, routes, secondary roads and secondary unpaved roads. These tabs explain what the weather condition is like in the selected area. For example, users can find out if the roads and highways are covered with snow and ice, or clear of inclement weather.
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In some areas, the traffic tab is available. This shows the user a map of the area and where traffic cameras are located. A user can click on a traffic camera to get a live look at the road. NCDOT uses TIMS to update its many Twitter feeds. ***NCDOT***
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12/9/2013: Initial Dredging Work at Bonner Bridge Complete - Additional inspections expected later this week

Initial Dredging Work at Bonner Bridge Complete - Additional inspections expected later this week

Posted 12/9/2013 9:41:48 PM

RALEIGH — Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC Dredge Alaska completed dredging operations Sunday night at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. Photos from the dredging operations can be found on NCDOT’s Flickr site. “I want to sincerely thank all of the hardworking NCDOT crews and the dredge crews for pushing through the harsh elements to try to complete this repair work as soon as possible,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I also want to thank the residents of the Outer Banks for their patience during this process, and our outstanding NC Ferry employees for all of their efforts to keep the residents connected.” Initial scans are promising; however, it will be several days before NCDOT can determine the success of the dredging. Approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped during the weekend from the main navigation channel of the Oregon Inlet to the location at Bent 166 underneath the Bonner Bridge where scour, or the erosion of sand from bridge pilings, caused NCDOT to close the bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 3. This morning, crews with NCDOT’s Location and Survey’s Unit conducted an underwater sonar survey of the area around Bent 166. Dive crews also did an initial inspection of the area to assess if the sand is compacting as it needs to in order to properly support the bridge. To give sand time to settle and compact, NCDOT engineers are currently planning to perform another dive and sonar survey at Bent 166 on Wednesday, weather and current permitting. NCDOT officials will then evaluate data gathered at this time to determine the overall effectiveness of the sand placement and determine the next steps for repairs. In addition to work taking place on the support structure underneath the bridge, NCDOT is also performing a survey of the deck in the area of Bent 166 to make sure that there has not been any movement of the bridge. Emergency Repairs NCDOT awarded a $1.6 million contract to Carolina Bridge Company Inc. of Orangeburg, S.C. last week for emergency repairs on the Bonner Bridge.   Crews will use sandbags and four-foot tall A-Jacks to provide support to the bridge pilings and to prevent further scour from occurring. A-Jacks interlocked together will be placed around the perimeter of the support structure at Bent 166. Crews will then place sandbags inside the line of A-Jacks. An additional two layers of A-Jacks and sandbags will then be placed on top of the base layer for a total of 10-12 feet of additional protection. This will allow sand to collect over the sandbags and A-Jacks, providing additional support to the structure. Contractor crews have begun mobilizing equipment and materials to the bridge site. NCDOT and the contractor are working together to develop a timeframe for the repairs to be complete. In addition to the emergency repair work, Carolina Bridge Company Inc. will also begin driving two test piles later this week near the general vicinity of Bent 166. These test piles will allow NCDOT’s geotechnical staff to gather data about the load piles can carry, and will help in the analysis of this situation, as well as for future repairs. Emergency Ferry Route NCDOT’s Ferry Division activated its emergency route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe with limited service the night of the bridge closure. The route went into full operation Wednesday, Dec. 4, with steady traffic and short-to-moderate wait times reported at both terminals. Dare County Emergency Management has issued a priority loading list for the route. The emergency ferry route will continue seven days a week as long as service is needed. Ferry information is available on the Ferry Division website, by calling 800-293-3779, or via Facebook (North Carolina Ferry System) and Twitter @NCDOT_Ferry).   For More Information NCDOT will continue to update the public on this situation online and via its N.C. 12 Facebook page and N.C. 12 Twitter account. Permanent Replacement While NCDOT is working hard to reopen the Bonner Bridge to traffic as quickly as possible, the emergency repairs are not considered a permanent fix for the aging bridge. After 50 years of weathering many storms, the bridge needs to be replaced. In July 2011, NCDOT awarded a $215.8 million contract for the design and construction of a new bridge. Design work began immediately and construction of the new bridge was set to begin in early 2013; however, lawsuits have put the project on hold. Read more about the history of the Bonner Bridge and the challenges to replacing this lifeline. ***NCDOT*** (Editor’s note: Images of A-jacks are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/6377484269/. These photos are from a scour prevention project at another span in 2011.)
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