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12/17/2014: NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

Posted 12/17/2014 10:36:16 AM

RALEIGH – As families begin traveling this holiday season, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes, from 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, until 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, with these exceptions:  U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;U.S. 158 in Currituck and Dare counties will have traffic in a two way and a two lane pattern on the U.S. 158 bridge over the Currituck Sound due to the ongoing deck rehabilitation;U.S. 264 in Dare County will be reduced to one of two lanes controlled by temporary traffic signals in three locations for the replacement of three bridges. Lane closures are located between Stumpy Point and the Hyde County line;U.S. 158 in Hertford County between Murfreesboro and Winton may be reduced to one of two lanes in the Eastbound lanes for paving operations;N.C. 12 in Dare County South of Bonner Bridge may be reduced to one of two lanes to continue clearing sand adjacent to the road from the recent nor’easter storm. Impacts should be minor;I-440 in Raleigh is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project. Also there may be lane closures the nights of Dec. 29 and 30; andI-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes in each direction between I-40 and I-85 for a new interchange with High Point Road.For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511 or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season:Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.In addition, it is the 20th anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” and the holiday campaign began Dec. 12 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015. Law enforcement officers across the state will hold checkpoints and step up patrols to catch drivers who break the law during the holidays.While you travel this holiday season, remember that your job is to be a safe driver, so focus on the road and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.
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12/16/2014: North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Country's Best

North Carolina Bridge Makes List of Country's Best

Posted 12/16/2014 9:07:34 AM

Raleigh--We all know North Carolina has some of the most beautiful places to visit. In addition to the spectacular scenery, the state boasts some of the best roads and bridges to travel on. Speaking of the best, Roads and Bridges magazine came out with the top 10 bridges in the country and making the list was the I-85 Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge in Salisbury. It was one of eight bridges replaced as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Rowan/Davidson counties and was long considered the state’s top mobility project. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said, “The Veterans Memorial Bridge provides critical connectivity which is exactly what we are focusing on through our new Strategic Mobility Formula and the Governor’s 25 Year Vision.” “The completion of the I-85 Corridor Improvement project marked the culmination of years of planning for this critical transportation project in North Carolina,” Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division 9 engineer said. “Constructing the Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge was a major step toward improving the safety and reliability of one of the busiest interstate freight corridors on the east coast.” Bryan Budzynski, editor with Roads and Bridges magazine, said all the bridges on the list were either new or replacement ones and some of the criteria used to compile it included: •    the scope and size of the project; •    what the project was utilized for; •    the degree of challenge in constructing the project; and •    whether there was any kind of innovation, either in the materials or process that were used. The new I-85 bridge is four lanes wide in each direction, twice as wide as its predecessor and has 12-foot-wide shoulders. It was designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and extend the life of the local transportation network. ***NCDOT***
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12/15/2014: NCDOT Workers’ Heroics Prevent Tragedy on I-40 in Davie County

NCDOT Workers’ Heroics Prevent Tragedy on I-40 in Davie County

Posted 12/15/2014 8:12:34 AM

Raleigh – An NCDOT Davie County work crew is being  credited with preventing what could have been a tragic accident along I-40 in Davie County. On the morning of December 4, shortly before noon, Davie County Fire Marshall Jerry K. Myers was traveling north on U.S. 601 when he saw a vehicle turn onto the exit ramp of Interstate 40 East. The driver proceeded the wrong way down the exit ramp, and started traveling west in the eastbound lane. In an attempt to stop the vehicle, Myers got on I-40 West, went to the next exit, and then drove back east to look for the wrong-way vehicle. By the time he got back to the exit ramp, several workers with the N.C. Department of Transportation who had been working on the side of the interstate had managed to stop the vehicle and warn oncoming traffic of the hazard ahead. “If the workers that day had not taken the actions they had putting themselves in danger,” said Fire Marshall Myers, “there is no doubt the outcome would have certainly turned into a tragic event.” “On the way to overtake the vehicle I passed two tractor trailers and due to their speed at the time and the topography of the land they most surely would not have seen the vehicle in question in time to react,” said Myers. He added, “The NCDOT workers that day prevented a tragic event from unfolding in our county that unfortunately we have seen on more than one occasion. Their selfless action no doubt saved the lives of not only the person in the passenger car but an unknown scenario of what could have been a major incident.” Myers sent a letter of recommendation to the workers who were involved: Transportation Supervisor David Plagemann, and Transportation Workers Jerry Lee Burcham, Daniel Devoid, Cory Robertson, Andy Reavis and Elmer Hendren. NCDOT Division 9 engineer Pat Ivey is nominating the crew for The Extra Mile Award which recognizes NCDOT employees who go beyond their normal duties in service to the state of North Carolina.
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12/12/2014: 20th Anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” Commemorated with New Website, Video Series

20th Anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” Commemorated with New Website, Video Series

Posted 12/12/2014 12:24:32 PM

RALEIGH – The holidays are a joyous time of year often celebrated by gathering with friends and family. Too often, though, people make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. This choice can lead to deadly consequences, as it did for the 378 people who lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes on North Carolina roadways last year, including 35 in December alone. “The safety of our citizens is my top priority, especially during the holiday season,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I encourage everyone to plan ahead and designate a sober driver when alcohol is involved to ensure they get home safely. Law enforcement officers will be out day and night to catch drivers who break the law.” Although the number of drunk driving deaths in North Carolina has consistently declined year after year, drinking and driving continues to be responsible for nearly 28 percent of fatalities on our state’s roads. To raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and show how it impacts lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign earlier today in Asheville and launched BoozeItandLoseIt.org.   The centerpiece of the new website is the “20|20 Hindsight” video series, which includes 20 personal stories illustrating from very different perspectives the dire consequences of drinking and driving. Each video concludes with the message “See the stories. Learn the Lessons.” The goal of that message is to encourage those who visit the website to take the stories to heart and do their part to save lives by never getting behind the wheel after drinking.  “These powerful stories are a reminder that every alcohol-related crash has a face and a devastating impact on families," said Mike Charbonneau, Deputy Secretary of Communications. “One crash and death is too many and we hope that our ‘20|20 Hindsight’ series resonates with drivers to help us eliminate these tragedies." 229,103 alcohol-related crashes and 8,469 deaths have occurred on North Carolina highways since 1994, when the ‘Booze It & Lose It’ campaign started. In addition to the“20|20 Hindsight” video series, BoozeItandLoseIt.org also provides a history of “Booze It & Lose It,” national and statewide statistics, safety tips and an overview of North Carolina’s current DWI law. The Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign begins today, Dec. 12, and runs through Jan. 4, 2015. For additional information about “Booze It & Lose It”, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665, or visit the GHSP website. ***NCDOT***
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12/8/2014: Call for Entries for 2015 Aviation Art Contest

Call for Entries for 2015 Aviation Art Contest

Posted 12/8/2014 2:42:32 PM

RALEIGH – It’s that time again! The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking entries for its 2015 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. This year, kids are encouraged to submit a poster capturing the excitement of the FAI World Air Games in Dubai. Billed as the largest sports event in the world, the games feature world class competitions and air shows over a 12-day period. The contest, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, is open to children between the ages of 6 and 17. The entry deadline is Jan. 23, 2015. All children who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina are encouraged to participate. Entries will be divided into junior, intermediate and senior categories. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, DC to be judged in the national competition.  National award winners will have a chance to compete internationally! Contest rules and guidelines, as well as where to submit entries, are available on the Division of Aviation’s website. ***NCDOT***
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