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3/2/2015: NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

NCDOT Looking for Input on Passenger Rail Awareness

Posted 3/2/2015 11:22:28 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to gauge public awareness of passenger rail in the state. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing at the end of the survey to win four free round-trip train tickets within North Carolina. To enter, complete a brief survey about North Carolina’s passenger train services.  The survey is available online in English and in Spanish. The survey period will end on March 31. The drawing for the tickets will take place once the survey period is over. Winners will be contacted in April. NCDOT is in the process of evaluating improvements and upgrades to passenger train services and offerings. Feedback from the survey will help NCDOT provide the best service possible. NCDOT and Amtrak provide daily train service between Charlotte and New York City, called the Carolinian; and daily train service to and from Charlotte and Raleigh and cities in between called the Piedmont. To learn more about North Carolina’s Amtrak visit www.NCByTrain.org.
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2/20/2015: 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 2/20/2015 12:46:14 PM

RALEIGH--  Schools canceled classes, some retail outlets shut down early, and this week’s wintry weather, complete with record-cold temperatures,  put a halt to business-as-usual for many companies, but not for work on the Fortify:  I-40/440 Rebuild Project.  Earlier this week, even when temperatures dipped into the teens and then single digits, you could still see workers --  protected with heavy coats, hats and gloves -- installing drains and pipes, working on bridges, and determined to finish their scheduled duties.  The only limitation—paving. “It doesn’t matter how cold or hot it is, construction still goes on,” said Amir Nezarati, Senior Assistant Resident Engineer.  “But paving is a different story,“  he added.  “Asphalt is hot and if it cools too quickly, it’s not workable and can get brittle.”  The lowest temperature that allows for paving is near 45 degrees.  The temperatures earlier this week sat near 20, and plummeted even lower late this week. Even though paving was put on hold for a few days, it doesn’t affect the project’s construction schedule.  Contractors prepare for adverse weather conditions by taking storm days into consideration on the project timeline.  So, NCDOT is pleased to report, construction on the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project is still on schedule.    There is, however, one casualty of the recent storm.  Plows that cleared snow and ice from the 11.5 mile stretch of the Fortify project also cleared some of the lane markers.  And now that the snow and ice are off the roadway, once temperatures are on the rise, crews will be replacing the damaged markers this weekend, and paving on the Inner Loop will resume soon. PROJECT UPDATE:   Motorists should keep an eye out for slow moving traffic as crews replace the lane markers that snow plows cleared earlier this week.  Also, on the I-440 Outer Loop,  crews are getting the light poles and overhead traffic signs in place.   On the I-440 Inner Loop, crews are painting lane striping for when traffic is opened back to its three-lane pattern in a few weeks. On the I-40 portion of the project, crews continue to widen bridges and do the preparatory work to make the shoulder lane usable as a travel lane for when traffic is shifted and narrowed to its three-lane pattern sometime in the Spring.
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2/19/2015: NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

NCDOT Signs Contract For Passenger Ferry Test Runs

Posted 2/19/2015 2:38:10 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - As part of its ongoing feasibility study on passenger ferry service, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with Bay State Cruise Company to charter the M/V Provincetown III for test runs of a potential passenger ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village on May 4-5, 2015. "These test runs will allow us to judge the feasibility of the route, duration of the voyage, fuel consumption, and other factors that will help us determine whether passenger ferry service is something that we can and should be offering," said NCDOT Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "It's all part of the due diligence required in the feasibility study." The Provincetown III is a catamaran-style ferry that is 98 feet long and carries 149 passengers. It services the Boston to Provincetown route in the summer and works in the Caribbean in the winter. The ship will be on its return voyage north when it stops in North Carolina. NCDOT commissioned a feasibility study on passenger ferry service late last year in an effort to solve summertime congestion issues on the Hatteras Inlet route. The study is being conducted by Volkert, an infrastructure engineering firm based in Mobile, Alabama. It is scheduled to be complete by December 2015. (NCDOT)
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(Caption: The Provincetown III) (Courtesty Bay State Cruise Company) 
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2/16/2015: TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

Posted 2/16/2015 2:09:37 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) lets commuters check road and weather conditions in real-time from their computers and smartphones any time, anywhere. The goal of TIMS is to help drivers “know before you go.” TIMS lets users search conditions by region, route and county. TIMS also offers live traffic cameras that show real-time images, and gives up-to-the-minute updates on incidents and adverse weather. Visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims to get started. Select a region, route or county from the drop-down menus provided. The user will then have access to two tabs — incidents and adverse weather — and sometimes a third, traffic, depending on the area.
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Under the incident tab, there are three columns. The description column explains what the situation is. Descriptions include maintenance, construction, traffic and accidents. Click on the description link for details on where the incident is, the reason for the incident and a timetable of when the incident will be completed. The road column tells where the incident is taking place. The location column gives the specific mile marker and nearby roads so users can pinpoint the area they need to avoid.
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Under the adverse weather tab, there are five columns — county, interstates, routes, secondary roads and secondary unpaved roads. These tabs explain what the weather condition is like in the selected area. For example, users can find out if the roads and highways are covered with snow and ice, or clear of inclement weather.
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In some areas, the traffic tab is available. This shows the user a map of the area and where traffic cameras are located. A user can click on a traffic camera to get a live look at the road. NCDOT uses TIMS to update its many Twitter feeds. ***NCDOT***
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2/9/2015: NCDOT Launches New WalkBikeNC Website Featuring Online Mapping Tool for State Bike Routes

NCDOT Launches New WalkBikeNC Website Featuring Online Mapping Tool for State Bike Routes

Posted 2/9/2015 9:32:50 AM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation has launched a new website for Walk Bike NC, a statewide plan for improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility. WalkBikeNC.com provides many features, including digital information from the plan and a new online mapping tool showcasing thousands of miles of signed bicycle routes in North Carolina. The website’s online map shows NCDOT-designated, on-road bicycle routes, first developed and signed in the 1970s and 1980s. In the past, route information had only been available via paper map order through the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. WalkBikeNC.com allows cyclists to create turn-by-turn directions and check elevation profiles for the state’s bicycle routes. These online features will make bicycle tour planning easier for visitors and residents and compliment other online mapping services. NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division Director Lauren Blackburn explains, “Our state’s cycling and walking routes and greenways are an economic asset. These networks connect visitors and residents to job centers, schools, open space, historic sites, small towns and other important destinations.” Walk Bike NC was adopted by NCDOT in 2013 and is built around five key pillars: mobility, safety, economy, health and environment. The plan provides tools and recommendations for making bicycle and pedestrian networks more accessible and safer. **NCDOT**
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