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3/27/2015: This Week at NCDOT - March 27, 2015

This Week at NCDOT - March 27, 2015

Posted 3/27/2015 5:05:12 PM

RALEIGH — From the North Carolina mountains to the coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is involved in numerous programs, activities and initiatives in communities throughout the state. The following are highlights from the department this week. They are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here. GoTransit Unveiling On March 25, NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata, along with Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem John Odom, unveiled GoRaleigh, GoDurham and GoTriangle, the new look of public transit serving the Triangle, and all part of a new family of services called GoTransit.   By rebranding Capital Area Transit, DATA and Triangle Transit under the GoTransit umbrella, each system is able to maintain its uniqueness, while better connecting and unifying the region as a whole. To learn more, visit www.gotransitnc.com. Division Seven Equipment Roadeo NCDOT maintenance crews who operate heavy equipment in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties engaged in friendly competition while sharpening their skills at the annual NCDOT Division Seven safety “roadeo,” held on March 25 in Haw River. Participants got to test their safety awareness and skill levels while maneuvering a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, low-boy trailer or motor grader through obstacle courses that model the real-life scenarios maintenance crews encounter each day on the job. The overall goals of the roadeo include helping NCDOT workers advance their skills, emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit, and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs. All 14 NCDOT highway divisions hold roadeos annually, with the winners from each division going on to compete against each other in the statewide roadeo in Raleigh on July 21 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Division roadeos will take place now through the end of June. Ribbon Cut on Three New Tour Stops at Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site NCDOT representatives joined staff from the Department of Cultural Resources on March 19 for a ribbon cutting officially opening three new tour stops constructed at the Bentonville Battlefield in Johnston County. In partnership with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, NCDOT constructed these tour stops at locations along the battlefield, giving visitors a place to safely pull off the road and learn more about the history of what took place there 150 years ago. This was the second time NCDOT has constructed tour stops at this historic site. NCDOT Mourns Loss of Division Four Employee NCDOT is mourning the loss of a member of our family this week. William Grey Bailey was performing his technician duties in a work zone on Monday morning in Goldsboro when he was struck by a vehicle that had gone off the road, tragically taking his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Millie, their twin 18-month old daughters, Lydia and Vera, and their friends and family. For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. ***NCDOT***
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3/27/2015: Regional Winners of the NCDOT Model Bridge Competition Advance to Finals

Regional Winners of the NCDOT Model Bridge Competition Advance to Finals

Posted 3/27/2015 2:56:49 PM

Raleigh -- The N.C. Department of Transportation invited all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in its 16th annual Model Bridge Building Competition. The contest is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to a real-world scenario. The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers, with the engineers and representatives of engineering companies serving as the judges. The regionals were held at four locations across the state on Friday, March 27, and the winners below have advanced to the finals on April 17 in Raleigh: Region One: Middle School – Beaufort Middle School of Beaufort High School – CamTech High School of Camden Region Two: Middle School – Neal STEM Academy of Engineering and Design of Durham High School – Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest Region Three: Middle School – Westmoore Middle School in Seagrove High School—North Moore High School in Robbins Region Four: Middle School Winner:  Polk County Middle School, Mill Spring, NC High School Winner:  Polk County High School, Mill Spring, NC The first place winners in last year’s competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs. This competition is intended to get students excited about STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  The objectives of the competition are to encourage students to pursue engineering careers and ultimately lead them to positions with NCDOT. To learn more about the competition check out the Model Bridge Building event video on YouTube, or contact event organizer Gail Herring via email at gherring@ncdot.gov or (919) 707-4442. ***NCDOT***
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3/25/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

Posted 3/25/2015 2:59:54 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - In preparation for holiday travel over the upcoming Easter and Spring breaks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be enhancing the schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route between March 31 and April 13. The temporary Spring schedule will increase the number of daily round-trip runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke from 18 to 26, with half-hour departures for most of the morning and afternoon hours. "Our ridership data shows a distinct spike in the weeks surrounding Easter," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We're confident this enhanced schedule will accommodate those travelers." The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will be as follows between March 31-April 13: Departures from Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departures from Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. After April 13, the Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will return to its off-season schedule for three weeks before switching to a full summer schedule on May 6.(NCDOT)
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3/16/2015: NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

Posted 3/16/2015 1:35:20 PM

RALEIGH - Nearly two centuries ago, Raleigh was a very different place. The year was 1840. The state’s capital – now a bustling metropolis of shopping, restaurants and businesses – was a destination largely isolated from the rest of the state, separated by long journeys over unpaved roads and a lack of a navigable river for trade and transport.    This all changed on March 21, 175 years ago this week, when the first train chugged into town – a wood-burning steam locomotive christened the “Tornado” traveling on newly built wooden rails. With the arrival of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, a predecessor of what is today CSX Transportation, Raleigh was now connected to places like Richmond, Virginia that had once taken two days by horse or stage coach to reach. Overnight, Raleigh’s new rail connection began the transformation from a small town seat of state government to a fast-growing commercial, industrial and education center. Just as it did almost 200 years ago, the Raleigh and Gaston route today remains a key rail corridor. CSXT, which has grown to become one of the largest transportation companies in the United States, continues to provide daily freight service over the line, which serves as the origination and termination point of millions of dollars in products annually. The corridor is also designated as the primary path for the future Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Raleigh and Virginia. “The introduction of the railroad revolutionized travel and freight movement throughout our state and the nation,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “Nearly two centuries later, rail continues to play an important role in North Carolina’s multimodal transportation system, as well as supporting job creation, economic development and commerce activities that are critical to the future vitality of our state.” “Railroads have played a significant role in the development of the United States, probably more than any other enterprise,” said Cindy Sanborn, executive vice president-operations for CSXT. “From their earliest development of routes from eastern ports to inland settlements, railroads today are safe, reliable and fuel efficient conveyors of freight that drive North American commerce. CSX is proud to participate in acknowledging the first train to the great city of Raleigh and to have played a role in the city’s growth and prosperity.” “Railroads have historically played an important role in the growth and development of the City of Raleigh,” said City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Rail has been a cornerstone of our infrastructure and has helped support the economic vitality of the region.  As the city looks to the future, rail will remain part of the city’s foundation for a multi-modal transportation network.” The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolinians to celebrate this special anniversary by riding the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at a reduced fare. Just book at the following Amtrak.com page for 30% off the purchase of a companion ticket when you purchase one full-price ticket on Saturday, March 21. NCDOT also invites the public to come by the Raleigh station for birthday cake and punch. ***NCDOT***
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3/6/2015: Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

Posted 3/6/2015 4:15:22 PM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking the public to provide feedback on the Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This is the first STIP developed under the new Strategic Transportation Investments law, which established the Strategic Mobility Formula.   NCDOT is hosting 10 information sessions across the state between March 17 and April 23, to receive input on the steps leading to and resulting in the Draft STIP. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool.   During the past year and a half, NCDOT has been working with the legislature, local planning organizations, and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025 STIP.   NCDOT wants the public’s feedback on:   ·         The process to develop the STIP and ideas for improvement ·         The variety and geographic diversity of the projects   The feedback period runs through April 23.   The 2016-2025 Draft STIP, the first under STI, is one of the department’s most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,073 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties.   The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June, which will be the final step in implementing STI. Feedback from the information sessions will be shared with the Board and used by the Prioritization Workgroup for consideration in the next round of project prioritization and by the department in the development of the 2018-2027 STIP.   ***NCDOT***  
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