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4/22/2014: NCDOT Observes Earth Day 365 Days a Year

NCDOT Observes Earth Day 365 Days a Year

Posted 4/22/2014 2:29:32 PM

Continual focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship RALEIGH – Each year, the nation sets aside April 22 to celebrate the beauty of the planet and to remind each one of us to do our part to protect the environment. At NCDOT, one of our core values is an unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship. This focus on sustainability means every day is Earth Day at NCDOT. NCDOT’s 3R Program encourages all employees to use resources thoughtfully and responsibly.  “NCDOT is focused on the conscientious use of natural resources to minimize our impact on the environment,” said Tami Gabriel, Value Management Program Engineer. “Whether in the office or on the construction site, our employees are urged to reduce, reuse and recycle discarded items and materials.” In one year alone, NCDOT’s aluminum recycling efforts conserved enough electricity to power an average home for 369 years, or every home in Raleigh for an entire year. That same year, NCDOT employees’ efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle saved:        • 12,206 trees        • 2,872,000 kilowatts of electricity        • 5,026,000 gallons of water        • 272,840 gallons of oil But NCDOT’s efforts to protect the environment do not stop with the department’s employees.  NCDOT incorporates environmental sensitivity into the various stages of decision making within the agency, and qualified contractors are required to implement a strong sustainability program in order to be considered for transportation projects. One example of an NCDOT contractor utilizing sustainable construction processes is Clark Pavement Markings of Apex, which uses recycled glass beads in its thermoplastic paint mix used to stripe roads.  The recycled glass gives the stripes a glittery appearance, which increases the nighttime visibility of the lane markings.  In the first quarter of 2014, 752 tons of glass beads were used in the application of this type of thermoplastic paint striping statewide. Another green contractor is Granite Construction, who is using reclaimed asphalt on the I-40/440 Fortify project in Raleigh.  Granite is recycling old asphalt removed as part of the project and incorporating it into the new pavement mix that will used to repave the 11.5-mile stretch of highway.  By using reclaimed asphalt, the need for virgin materials is lowered by up to 30 percent.   Statewide, NCDOT used approximately 57, 900 tons of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in pavement construction and resurfacing projects in the first quarter of 2014. Granite also uses warm-mix asphalt as opposed to the traditional hot-mix asphalt.  Warm-mix asphalt is produced and laid at temperatures 50-100 degrees lower than hot-mix asphalt, which results in lower fuel consumption and emissions and enables crews to pave in cooler temperatures.  This extends the traditional paving season, which gets motorists back on the road more quickly and improves the work environment for our employees. To learn more about NCDOT’s efforts to connect people and places safely, efficiently and with environmental sensitivity, visit http://www.connect.ncdot.gov/ and click on the Resources tab.                                                                                 
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4/21/2014: Help Clean up NC During Spring Litter Sweep

Help Clean up NC During Spring Litter Sweep

Posted 4/21/2014 2:32:36 PM

RALEIGH - Volunteers, maintenance crews, inmates and community service workers donning orange safety vests will take to the roads Saturday, April 26 to Saturday, May 10, to participate in Litter Sweep, the N.C. Department of Transportation's biannual cleanup drive.   NCDOT encourages all North Carolinians to get involved in this spring’s Litter Sweep and help clean up more than 79,000 miles of state-maintained roadsides. The department provides all litter removal gear, including safety vests, gloves and bags. Anyone wanting to volunteer should contact their county NCDOT maintenance office in advance to obtain supplies.   NCDOT will deploy crews for litter pick-up in each county and NCDOT employees will be available to collect trash bags left on the roadsides by volunteer groups participating in the cleanup. Participants are reminded to warm up before picking up litter and to drink plenty of water during the cleanup event.   During Litter Sweep, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be on the roads implementing their “Litter Free N.C.” initiative by enforcing unsecured loads and other state litter laws. Motorists are encouraged to report incidents of littering by calling the NC State Highway Patrol number of *HP on their cells phones when safe to do so.   For more information, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit the Office of Beautification website and click on "Litter Sweep.”   ***NCDOT***
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4/17/2014: NCDOT Names New Chief Financial Officer

NCDOT Names New Chief Financial Officer

Posted 4/17/2014 5:17:01 PM

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Transportation is pleased to announce David Tyeryar will serve as its new Chief Financial Officer. Tyeryar’s strategic and innovative financial planning, oversight and leadership experience will be critical as the department continues to look for new ways to meet growing transportation infrastructure demands, while facing a continuing decline in traditional revenue sources. Tyeryar most recently served as Deputy Secretary and CFO for the Virginia Department of Transportation where he helped implement a number of funding reforms to help that state address similar challenges. In that role, Tyeryar helped pass Virginia’s first comprehensive transportation funding plan in 27 years, which provides more than 13,000 jobs and $9.5 billion in economic investments. He also established the office of Public Private Partnerships, which resulted in more than $5 billion in projects, using less than $1 billion in state funds. Tyeryar previously served as Budget Director and Accounting Division Manager for Prince William County, Va. "I'm proud to have David join the team. His experience and skills will serve our citizens well, and help us to expand economic opportunities," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. Tyeryar starts his new role with NCDOT on Monday, April 21. ***NCDOT***
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4/14/2014: Top Honors Given Out in NCDOT’s Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

Top Honors Given Out in NCDOT’s Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

Posted 4/14/2014 2:50:34 PM

           Middle and High School Finalists Held in Suspense as Engineer Hopefuls Compete Head-to-Head Raleigh – A Mill Springs middle school bridge design team and a Wake Forest high school team took home first place in Friday’s final round of the 15th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition.  In addition to the gold medal bragging rights, Polk County Middle School and The Franklin Academy High School were also given a $500 award to take back to their schools. Contestants were judged on oral presentations, written reports and design drawings, as well as the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge. “The goal of this competition,” said coordinator Gail Herring, “is to hone students’ math and science skills and hopefully encourage them to choose the transportation industry as a career.  When more teachers realize our competition fulfills the ‘STEM’ work-based learning experiences,” said Herring, “A light bulb may go off and they may start their own bridge building club in their school.” In addition to emphasizing the development of math and science skills, the competition also provides an opportunity to use problem-solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills and apply research and presentation skills. Final Standings are as follows: High School: First Place:                    The Franklin Academy High School, Wake Forest Second Place:                North Moore High School, Robbins Third Place:                   Camden County High School, Camden Fourth Place:                 Polk County High School, Columbus Most Unique Design:       Camden County High School, Camden Best Presentation:          North Moore High School, Robbins Middle School: First Place:                    Polk County Middle School, Mill Springs Second Place:                Exploris Middle School, Raleigh Third Place:                   Highfalls Elementary School, Bennett Fourth Place:                 West Craven Middle School, New Bern Most Unique Design:       Highfalls Elementary School, Bennett Best Presentation:          West Craven Middle School, New Bern All of the teams won first place in their respective regional competition in March. The competition was held at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Auditorium in Raleigh and was sponsored by the Carolinas Associated General Contractors.                                                                 
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4/11/2014: NCDOT Announces Public-Private Partnership Project to Improve I-77 Traffic Flow in Charlotte Area

NCDOT Announces Public-Private Partnership Project to Improve I-77 Traffic Flow in Charlotte Area

Posted 4/11/2014 11:30:40 AM

Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation announces the apparent successful bidder for its first Public-Private-Partnership (P3) contract to improve the traffic flow along 26 miles of I-77 in the Charlotte area, one of the most congested roadways in the state.   P3 contracts are an innovative way of leveraging new funding sources to lessen the financial impact to the state and help complete projects sooner through investments by a private firm.  Following a required bidding process, and pending final review, it appears Cintra Infraestructures, S.A. will construct the I-77 project through a joint venture with F.A. Southeast, W.C. English, and the lead design firm of The Louis Berger Group.   Cintra, a world-wide leader in managed lanes projects, estimates the total project cost at $655 million. Cintra will  invest the majority of that in return for toll revenue generated from the managed lanes. NCDOT will contribute $88 million for the project, which is significantly less than the $170 million it had projected.   The agreement is expected to be signed in June, with construction beginning as early as this December. The project is expected to be complete in 2018.   “We are excited to take this significant step forward and address a critical need,” said NCDOT Chief Engineer Mike Holder. “Innovative funding solutions like this one are vital to keep up with growth and infrastructure needed to strengthen the economy despite declining transportation revenue from traditional sources.”   About Managed Lanes   Managed lanes give drivers a choice to pay a toll to avoid waiting in traffic, while helping ease congestion on the free, general-purpose lanes for other drivers.The proposed I-77 project includes converting the current High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which already exist along I-77, and adding capacity to the roadway. The existing HOV lanes and new lanes will be High-Occupancy managed lanes that allow free use for eligible carpoolers (three passengers or greater), buses, and motorcyclists, while allowing other drivers to pay a toll to use those lanes. Tolls will vary to control the number of vehicles in the High-Occupancy lanes and help ensure free-flowing traffic even during morning and evening rush hours. The price would be higher during peak periods when demand is greater, and lower during less congested periods. Drivers can still use free, general-purpose lanes to avoid paying a toll. This project will not remove or add any general-purpose lanes. A number of other states including Virginia, Florida, Texas, Colorado and California are already using managed lanes.   Project Details   The project will add capacity to I-77 between Brookshire Freeway (Exit 11) in Charlotte and N.C. 150 (Exit 36) in Iredell County. This portion of the I-77 corridor already experiences significant congestion and projections show a 2-to-3 percent increase in traffic volume is expected every year through 2030.   Improvements will also include a flyover bridge to provide the managed lanes direct access from I-77 to I-277, and the widening of southbound I-77 lanes in some areas. The added lanes will increase capacity through the corridor, improve travel time reliability, improve air quality and better manage traffic flow along I-77.   Cintra has more than four decades of experience as a private developer of transportation projects around the world. Its current projects include locations in Texas, Indiana and Illinois, as well as in Canada, Spain, The United Kingdom, Portugal, Ireland and Australia.   *** NCDOT ****
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