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1/23/2015: Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

Posted 1/23/2015 4:12:42 PM

Raleigh— As work winds down on the I-440 section of the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project and continues to ramp up I-40, NCDOT and community partners are continuing to urge drivers to consider alternate ways to commute and are sharing tips to help make a change. For a full list of options, visit fortifync.com. In addition to the Triangle Transit’s new Fortify express routes, carpooling, and telecommuting, some motorists may consider cycling! Cycling to work can save time and money and provide great exercise. By consulting local government websites before your ride, you can ensure that you find the more bicycle-friendly roads and paths along your route to work. If you are already an avid cyclist or are just learning, there are plenty of resources available to help you to make sure your commute to work is enjoyable and safe. GoTriangle is a partnership of public transportation agencies and organizations funded to promote commuter benefits in the Triangle. The purpose of the GoTriangle.org website is to help people easily find all the information they need to get out from behind the steering wheel and find other travel options that are safe, convenient, inexpensive, more sustainable. Watch for Me NC is a comprehensive program run by the N.C. Department of Transportation in partnership with local communities, aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles. By following these safety tips from Watch for Me NC you are destined to have a safe, healthy, and fun daily ride to work. • Wear a helmet. It could save your life. • Use a light and reflectors when bicycling at night, and be as visible as possible. • Ride in the direction of traffic. Drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way. • Obey all signs and signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights. • Use all of your senses – watch and listen for cars, particularly at intersections and drive ways. • Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding. Project Update:   Motorists traveling the I-440 West section of the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild project may have noticed that, in certain segments, three lanes are now open to traffic.  And if the weather cooperates over the weekend, crews will continue to open additional three-lane stretches. As of today, the three-lane pattern is now in effect on I-440 West from the Poole Road off ramp to the end of the project near Crabtree Creek.  Meanwhile, crews continue to work on the I-440 East portion of the project, which is expected to open a few weeks after the three-lane traffic pattern is in operation on the west side. A quick note:  Even though the third travel lane will soon be reopened for both I-440 East and West, that doesn’t mean work there is done.   There is still some ramp work scheduled for February and later in the Spring, the contractor plans to put down the final layer of pavement in both directions to smooth any transitions between the roadway and bridges.  They’ll also put down the final lane striping.  As for Fortify’s I-40 section, crews are widening the shoulders, which will eventually be used as travel lanes.   They are also widening bridges.   For more information on the Fortify project, visit www.fortifyNC.com.
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1/16/2015: Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

Posted 1/16/2015 4:46:50 PM

RALEIGH - The NC Department of Transportation formally invites all North Carolina accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian-American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISI), and other accredited colleges, community colleges and universities to apply to serve as a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program for the 2015 fiscal year. In an effort to address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established various educational initiatives including the NSTI Program.  While the NSTI Program is federally funded, it is administered by State Departments of Transportation.  The NSTI program is focused on science, technology, engineering and math for high school and junior high school students. NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers, and encourage participants to consider transportation-related fields of study in their higher education pursuits. Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package directly to the NC Dept. of Transportation. These forms are available for download: Statement of Work Application Proposal Application Application Checklist Program Desk Reference Application Submission Process NCDOT will determine the number of NSTI host sites it wishes to fund under the State’s 2015 funding allocation. Please note that based on availability of funding, schools are not guaranteed funds to serve as a host site. Statement of Work applications must be a maximum of ten pages, not including the proposal application, which shall serve as attachments. NCDOT will evaluate potential host sites on several factors, including its 2015 application and its past performance (programmatic and fiscal). Applications are due to NCDOT no later than 5 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2015. Email completed packages to Ashley Goolsby  or send by mail to: Ashley Goolsby, Director Office of Education Initiatives 1 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC 27601   Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Contact Ashley Goolsby for more information.
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1/12/2015: Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

Posted 1/12/2015 10:45:29 AM

RALEIGH- N.C. Department of Transportation’s Cary Rail Depot has been selected by OneRail Coalition as one of six examples from around the country that have demonstrated a high return on investment of both public and private funding for rail projects. On Dec. 2 OneRail Coalition hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill where they highlighted successful passenger and freight projects from around the country. The Cary Depot was one of the six success stories highlighted at the briefing. NCDOT Rail Division Facility Consulting Engineer Craig Newton shared with the attendees at the briefing how planners foresaw a need over 20 years ago and were therefore able to implement phased projects with limited funding in order to meet future growth in the Cary area. The Cary Depot was developed using a model that was developed in the 1990s where small initial projects anticipate future expansion. This model has been used elsewhere in North Carolina and has proven to be successful in increasing ridership dramatically, especially when station facilities are improved. “Cary Depot ridership growth has far exceeded our expectations. My hope is that this success will inspire other station projects in North Carolina and other states,” said Newton. **NCDOT**
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1/8/2015: NCDOT Workers Honored with The Extra Mile Award

NCDOT Workers Honored with The Extra Mile Award

Posted 1/8/2015 4:30:57 PM

Raleigh – An NCDOT Davie County work crew that was credited with preventing what could have been a tragic accident last month received the department’s Extra Mile Award. The honor recognizes NCDOT employees who go beyond their normal duties in service to the state of North Carolina. They received the award from Secretary Tony Tata Thursday at the monthly NCDOT Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh. Tata said, “These gentlemen helped prevent possible tragedy when they stopped a wrong way driver traveling on I-40 in Davie County”.  He thanked them for their “quick response and willingness to put themselves in danger.” 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 east in the eastbound lane. 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 nominated the crew for The Extra Mile Award ***NCDOT***
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Left to right: Pat Ivey (Division 9 Engineer), Clyde E. Scott II (Transportation Supervisor for Davie Maintenance), David Plagemann, Daniel DeVoid, Secretary Tata, Elmer Hendren Jr., Andrew Reavis, Cory Robertson, Jerry Lee Burcham.
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1/8/2015: North Carolina's Amtrak Now on Facebook

North Carolina's Amtrak Now on Facebook

Posted 1/8/2015 3:21:34 PM

Raleigh - It’s a new year – and the perfect time to discover a new way to get information about train travel in North Carolina! North Carolina’s Amtrak is now on Facebook. The page, which launched this month, is a one-stop-shop for all the information you need about taking the train in North Carolina. The page features information on destinations, tickets, specials and promotions, as well as what to do in various cities along the rail corridor and events of interest taking place in cities along the corridor each month. “With the launch of a better social media presence, we hope to connect with people already riding the train and people who may have never considered it – this is a way we can showcase the rail experience and give better, up to the minute information to those planning a trip,” said Rail Director Paul Worley. Search for North Carolina’s Amtrak on Facebook, or visit facebook.com/NCAmtrak, and “like” the page. North Carolina’s Amtrak is also on Twitter at @ncdot_rail. ***NCDOT***
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