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4/17/2015: Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond Proposals

Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond Proposals

Posted 4/17/2015 4:19:48 PM

Raleigh - Governor Pat McCrory unveiled the Connect NC bond proposals that will connect North Carolina cities and towns by building roads, upgrading technology and constructing education facilities.   Joining Governor McCrory at the Connect NC announcement were Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and Budget Director Lee Roberts. “Today, we are enjoying and benefiting from the investments made by our parents and grandparents,” Governor McCrory said. “Now is the time for us to seize the moment and make the investments that will benefit North Carolinians for generations to come." Under legislation that was filed at the General Assembly Thursday, two bond proposals of approximately $1.5 billion each - one for roads, the other for infrastructure - would go before the voters for approval either in October or November. The proposed transportation bond would distribute funding according to NCDOT’s Strategic Mobility Formula to pay for 27 permit-ready highway projects throughout North Carolina that have completed environmental documents. In addition, the bond would fund the paving of 176 unpaved secondary roads totaling 113 miles. “Transportation is the backbone of our economy, and I thank Governor McCrory for proposing these bonds to help us invest in more projects that will better connect small towns to economic centers and support the continued prosperity of our state,” Secretary Tata said. “The new Strategic Mobility Formula is allowing us to more efficiently invest our transportation dollars, and these bonds will enable us to further extend its benefits.” Because of the state’s fiscal strength and strong balance sheet, no tax increase is needed to fund the bonds and the state’s AAA bond rating would be preserved. “Interest rates are lower than they have ever been previously," Roberts said. "Now is the time to use our balance sheet to our advantage to connect and invest in North Carolina.”
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4/17/2015: This Week at NCDOT - April 17, 2015

This Week at NCDOT - April 17, 2015

Posted 4/17/2015 3:44:55 PM

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here. Tractor Safety Billboard CampaignAs tractors and other pieces of farming equipment use roads this season, NCDOT has partnered with the North Carolina Farm Bureau, as well as the N.C. State Highway Patrol to remind drivers to be safe and share the road. Many of the roads we drive on today began as routes farmers used to get their crops and livestock to and from market. Farmers still travel on our state’s highways when planting and harvesting crops.  Drivers across the state will soon notice billboards popping up on highways, reminding them to keep an eye out for slow moving farm equipment, and not pass farm equipment unless you are in a passing zone and it is safe to make the pass.  Pavement PreservationNCDOT is beginning its pavement preservation work for the year. Pavement preservation is necessary for our state’s roads and includes projects such as crack sealing and asphalt resurfacing. Just like changing the oil in your car to prevent engine damage, it is important to make improvements to good roads regularly to prevent the need for major road repairs later.  Each of NCDOT’s highway divisions has prioritized the roads it will resurface or seal during the year.  U.S. 321 UpdateDrivers in the mountains will notice a quieter spring as crews wrap up blasting on the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. Any remaining blasts needed on the project are expected to be small and should not require any road closures on U.S. 321.   The project is designed to improve safety along U.S. 321 by adding turn lanes, as well as additional travel lanes. Crews are also straightening curves along the mountain road. Cyclists and pedestrians will notice improvements too. New sidewalks will make it easier and safer to walk and bike to shops and restaurants in downtown Blowing Rock. You can find regular project updates on Twitter using #US321. Work is expected to be complete in 2016. NCDOT’s Spring Litter Sweep Starts April 18From April 18 until May 2, volunteers will put on orange safety vests and begin filling up garbage bags with roadside litter as part of NCDOT’s annual Spring Litter Sweep. Reaching from Murphy to Manteo, NCDOT is anticipating tens of thousands of volunteers to take part in this year’s sweep. NCDOT encourages all North Carolinians to get involved and help clean up litter along their local roadsides.  Orange bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided through the local NCDOT maintenance office in each county. Volunteers are asked to contact their county NCDOT maintenance office in advance to obtain supplies. Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond ProposalsGovernor Pat McCrory unveiled the Connect NC bond proposals that will connect North Carolina cities and towns by building roads, upgrading technology and constructing education facilities.    Under legislation that was filed at the General Assembly Thursday, two bond proposals of approximately $1.5 billion each - one for roads, the other for infrastructure - would go before the voters for approval either in October or November. The proposed transportation bond would distribute funding according to NCDOT’s Strategic Mobility Formula to pay for 27 permit-ready highway projects throughout North Carolina that have completed environmental documents. In addition, the bond would fund the paving of 176 unpaved secondary roads totaling 113 miles. For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. ***NCDOT***
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4/17/2015: Top Honors in NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Finals Announced

Top Honors in NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Finals Announced

Posted 4/17/2015 3:12:27 PM

Raleigh – The winners of this year’s 16th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition have been announced.  In the high school category, top honors went to Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest. In the middle school category, Polk County Middle School came in first.  Both schools won in their respective categories last year as well. The finals were held in the Department of Transportation auditorium in Raleigh. “Our NCDOT Model Bridge building Competition gives students an opportunity to construct and apply mathematical ideas and principles taught in their classroom,” said Gail Herring, program coordinator with NCDOT. Contestants were judged not only on the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge, but on oral presentations, written reports and design drawings. The object of the competition was to design, construct and test the most structurally efficient model truss bridge.  It is also designed to create a greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education and its relationship to careers provided by NCDOT. Final Standings are as follows: High School: First Place:      Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest              Second Place: CamTech High School of Camden              Third Place:     North Moore High School of Robbins             Fourth Place:   Polk County High School of Columbus          Middle School: First Place:       Polk County Middle School  of Mill Springs           Second Place:  Beaufort Middle School of Beaufort            Third Place:      Westmoore Elementary School of Seagrove             Fourth Place:    Neal STEM Academy of Engineering & Design of Durham            The teams coming in first place received $500 checks for their school, second place teams will received $400, third place $300 and 4th place $200. ***NCDOT***
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4/15/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

Posted 4/15/2015 2:33:06 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - When the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. During that visit, NCDOT Ferry Division officials are offering members of the public a chance to tour the ship for themselves and provide valuable feedback as they study the idea of passenger service between the two villages. The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style passenger ferry that works in the Caribbean over the winter and between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts in the summer. The ship will make a stop in North Carolina on its way back north as part of a state feasibility study into passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. On May 4, the Provincetown III will run several sea trials between Hatteras and Ocracoke, then dock at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal to be available for public tours between 4 and 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Ferry Division will hold an open house meeting at the adjacent Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum from 5-7 p.m. to allow members of the public to ask questions and make comments about potential passenger ferry service. On May 5, the ship will conduct further sea trials, then dock at Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke. Members of the public will be again be allowed to tour the ship between 4-7 p.m., while the Ferry Division conducts another open house meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke School gymnasium. "This is the public's ferry system, and establishment of passenger ferry service would be a significant change to that system," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We hope that people will turn out to take a look at the ship and give us any feedback they have on any aspect of this idea." NCDOT has hired the consulting firm Volkert to conduct a feasibility study on passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as an alternative to the car ferries now running the route. The study is scheduled to be completed by December, 2015.(NCDOT)
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4/6/2015: Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participating in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participating in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding

Posted 4/6/2015 12:00:44 PM

Tour to take place tomorrow and Wednesday RALEIGH — Invited by Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata is joining nine other federal and state transportation leaders this week to focus on the need for federal funding reform. The bus tour will highlight the importance of a national transportation network and the critical need for federal funding to pay for transportation improvements in North Carolina and other states across the nation. Other Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members will be participating in the tour as well, including Congressman David Rouzer of North Carolina. Tata was one of five state Transportation Secretaries invited to participate along with transportation leaders from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. “I appreciate Congressman Shuster’s invitation and look forward to working toward a solution,” Tata said. “In North Carolina alone, we have thousands of jobs at stake along with hundreds of projects that support the safety, mobility and economic vitality of our state. I appreciate this opportunity to join forces with my peers to address our nation’s transportation challenges and ensure we can move forward with necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure.” The two-day tour includes press events, listening sessions and roundtable discussions throughout the state of Pennsylvania focused on the role the federal government plays in strengthening the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the importance of identifying federal funding sources that offer long-term stability, and how partners on all levels can work together to develop creative ways to finance and expedite transportation projects. NCDOT has taken steps to maximize its existing resources, including implementation of the Strategic Transportation Investments Law that has increased efficiency by nearly 300 percent, and the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, and is continuing to seek new ways to fund additional improvements. Despite these efforts, the department is still only able to fund about one in five of the projects that were submitted for prioritization. The nation’s current surface transportation authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31.More information about the tour can be found using #PAroadshow.
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