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When the N.C. General Assembly created the State Highway Commission in 1915, North Carolina had just over 1,200 miles of paved – but not hard-surfaced – roads and a larger network of roads made of sand-clay, gravel and dirt and mud.

Today, the N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for one of the nation's largest highway systems – a network of modern interstates, U.S. and N.C. routes that make up nearly 80,000 miles of roadway – the equivalent of circling the earth three times – that reaches every corner of the state.

From planning to building to maintaining, the Division of Highways is responsible for all aspects of the state's highways and roadsides, as well as more than 13,500 bridges, to ensure that traffic moves safely and efficiently.

NCDOT divides these responsibilities across the state into 14 regions – referred to as highway divisions – that receive support from various sections and units within the Division of Highways.

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