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10/1/2015: NCDOT Triad Crews on High Alert For High Threat From Joaquin

NCDOT Triad Crews on High Alert For High Threat From Joaquin

Posted 10/1/2015 5:10:51 PM

GREENSBORO — As hurricane Joaquin threatens the eastern seaboard, N.C. Department of Transportation Divisions 7 (Caswell, Alamance, Randolph, Guilford and Rockingham counties), and Division 9 (Davidson, Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Rowan counties) are preparing crews for the threat of inland flooding and storm damage by checking equipment and placing hundreds of employees on standby. “All maintenance crews have been instructed to gas vehicles like tandem dump trucks, back hoes, as well as chain saws because these will be used to unblock state maintained roadways, which will be one of our main tasks,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “We have barricades and cones strategically placed for deployment to trouble spots where some streets have already flooded due to the last several days of rain,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey. “The most important work is taking place ahead of the storm. We have workers that are cleaning out storm drains and grates to make sure there is little to no debris to perpetuate flooding,” said Division 9 Board Member Jake Alexander. “While we can’t predict what will happen we can put up our defenses and support our fellow NCDOT workers statewide. Around the Triad and the state managers are identifying personnel that will be able to go down east in case the storm does decide to make landfall here,” said Division 7 Board Member Cheryl McQueary. If Joaquin decides to strike the state, whether you are in the Triad or traveling, know before you go and identify your hurricane evacuation route. Having an alternative route in place can help save time and stress if a primary route is closed. Heavy rain and flash flooding create hazardous driving conditions, thereby increasing the likelihood of an accident. To help improve safety and reduce the likelihood of a crash, motorists should take the following precautions:   • Avoid driving during and immediately after the storm; • If you must travel, do not drive through flooded roadways; turn around and take an alternate route; • If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside; • Do not attempt to cross a flooded road even if it seems shallow; flood waters can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.   For a full list of safe driving tips visit http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/safetytips/default.html. For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
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11/14/2014: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County.

Posted 11/14/2014 10:35:40 AM

***MEDIA ADVISORY***   WHAT:                       Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County. WHEN:                       Friday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m.WHERE:                    Adjacent to Pisgah United Methodist Church 2165 Pisgah Church Road Kernersville, NC 27284    COMMENTS:          Division 9 NCDOT staff will be available to talk with media about the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway section from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311 known as the "eastern section," or STIP project U-2579. “By building this road, NCDOT will help alleviate congestion and enhance safety along heavily traveled routes. It’s truly project worth celebrating,” said Pat Ivey Division 9 Engineer. When it is complete, this section will become I-74. The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is a multi-lane freeway that will loop around the northern part of Winston-Salem. 
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11/7/2014: NCDOT Awards $154 Million Contract to Build First Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County

NCDOT Awards $154 Million Contract to Build First Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County

Posted 11/7/2014 8:15:48 AM

WINSTON-SALEM — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $154 million contract to build the first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway. Work on the 4-mile section of the eastern part of the Beltway between U.S. 158 and U.S. 421/Business 40 can start as early as December 1. The road should be open to traffic by Nov. 1, 2018, with final vegetation work done by April 30, 2019.“Once complete, the Beltway will dramatically improve the transportation network in Forsyth County by increasing connectivity, helping alleviate congestion and enhancing safety along heavily traveled routes such as U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.As a result of NCDOT’s Urban Loop Acceleration Plan, the Department was able to speed up the expected timeframe for property purchasing and the start of construction for this section of the highway, allowing right of way to get under way in 2012. The Department used Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, or GARVEE, bonds to move up the project schedule and get construction started.Eventually, the Beltway will provide a 34-mile multi-lane freeway around the northern side of Winston-Salem. The rest of the eastern section of the Beltway will connect U.S. 311 southeast of the city to U.S. 52, and will become a part of the I-74 corridor when finished. The western section will continue around to U.S. 158 on the southwestern side of the city.The Beltway will reduce traffic congestion and provide interstate connectivity to I-40 and I-40 Business for such Forsyth County towns as Clemmons, Tobaccoville, Walkertown and Rural Hall, and provide residents better access to job and educational opportunities outside of their communities.The $154 million bid by Dragados USA Inc. of New York City was $8 million under NCDOT engineers estimate.This is one of the nine road and bridge contracts worth $173.4 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. 
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10/30/2014: Major Delays on I-40 Business in Forsyth County Due to Falling Concrete From Silas Creek Parkway Bridge

Major Delays on I-40 Business in Forsyth County Due to Falling Concrete From Silas Creek Parkway Bridge

Posted 10/30/2014 3:43:53 PM

WINSTON-SALEM —N.C. Department of Transportation Incident Management Assistance Patrol crews are clearing debris that has fallen from the Silas Creek Parkway Bridge in Winston-Salem.The incident occurred around about 3 p.m. today when Winston-Salem Police noticed the chunks of concrete in the southbound lanes.  No injuries have been reported.The two-lane highway is down to one lane while bridge maintenance crews investigate. While the highway is not completely blocked, drivers can expect delays.NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit http://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.
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8/13/2014: NCDOT Closes Both Lanes of I-40 West Due to Crane Accident in Forsyth County

NCDOT Closes Both Lanes of I-40 West Due to Crane Accident in Forsyth County

Posted 8/13/2014 3:56:30 PM

WINSTON-SALEM — N.C. Department of Transportation crews have closed portion of I-40 West near Sandy Ridge Road after a crane tipped on its side in Winston-Salem. IMAP crews on the scene say the crane began to tip over around 2 p.m. The operator and crews nearby were unharmed. The crane is currently on its side and once it is up-righted later this afternoon, one lane of traffic will be re-opened. Traffic is being rerouted along a detour route at Exit 206 I-40 Business West/US-421 to Exit 6A, US-52 South. NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, expect delays and allow additional time to reach their destination. 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. 
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