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5/4/2017: Two New Members Join N.C. Board of Transportation

Two New Members Join N.C. Board of Transportation

Posted 5/4/2017 10:33:12 AM

RALEIGH – Two new members of the N.C. Board of Transportation were sworn-in during the May 4 board meeting in Raleigh. N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Morgan administered the oath of office. William “Billy” Clarke of Buncombe County will serve as the board member representing Division 13, which includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. Clarke has nearly 30 years of experience in environmental law representing local governments and private clients. He is a native of western North Carolina and graduated from Princeton and the UNC School of Law. Douglas “Allen” Moran represents Division 1, which is comprised of Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties. Moran serves with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office as the manager of the county’s detention center. He is a native of Dare County and also serves as the vice chair of the Roanoke Island Community Center Board. The two new members were nominated by Governor Roy Cooper in March. They will serve four-year terms. The Board of Transportation is comprised of 19 men and women from across the state, representing each of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 14 geographical divisions and five areas of statewide interest.  The members work with NCDOT staff to make decisions about transportation policies and priorities. ***NCDOT***
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6/3/2016: Bridge to be Named for Fallen Trooper in Nash County

Bridge to be Named for Fallen Trooper in Nash County

Posted 6/3/2016 4:33:46 PM

Raleigh - The Board of Transportation approved a special posthumous recognition for Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Gene DeMuth, Jr. during its board meeting Thursday. At the recommendation of Division 4 board member Gus Tulloss, the board passed a resolution naming the Red Oak Bridge, located on U.S. 64 in Nash County, in honor of DeMuth, who lost his life in the line of duty on September 8, 2012. DeMuth was assisting in the apprehension of a suspect in a motor vehicle pursuit on U.S. 64 near Spring Hope on that day. "On Sept. 8, 2012, Trooper Gene Demuth went to work doing what he truly loved: protecting and serving the citizens of this great state, but unfortunately he never made it home to his family,” said Colonel Bill Grey, Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. “The dedication of the bridge over Red Oak Road on U.S. 64 in Nash County will remind us all of his ultimate sacrifice and honor his legacy."  Trooper DeMuth began his law enforcement career in 1994 as a deputy with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office before moving over to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.  He also served as an officer in the Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, before he joined the Highway Patrol in Nash County. In total, Trooper DeMuth served the Highway Patrol for 12 years, assigned to the Rocky Mount Troop C District 1 Office. He also served as a United States Marine from 1988 to 1992. A sign will be erected noting the honor during a bridge dedication ceremony to be held at a future date. *** NCDOT ***
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6/2/2016: Four Halifax DOT Employees Honored For Their Help During a House Fire

Four Halifax DOT Employees Honored For Their Help During a House Fire

Posted 6/2/2016 1:39:54 PM

Raleigh – Four employees from the Department of Transportation’s Equipment and Maintenance Division in Halifax County were honored today by Secretary Nick Tennyson for their role in assisting in a recent house fire.  Teresa Skinner, David Griffies, Thomas Jernigan and Keith Hurdle were each presented with the Extra Mile Award during the Board of Transportation’s Thursday meeting in Raleigh. The award is given to those employees who go above and beyond the duties of their jobs. Secretary Tennyson praised the efforts of all the staff members who responded to the incident. “All of these employees demonstrated a great willingness to go above and beyond in an emergency situation,” Tennyson said. On the morning of April 28, Skinner was travelling on N.C. 125 when she observed a house fire in progress off the highway. After she called 911, Jernigan and Griffies, who had also noticed the fire, stopped to assist the homeowner to make sure he got out of the way of the blaze, which had spread throughout the structure.  Jernigan also helped coax a reluctant pet dog out of the burning residence. Hurdle, who is also chief of the Jackson Fire Department in Northampton County, stopped and offered his assistance to two volunteer firefighters, and helped man a hose to combat the fire. Division 4 board member Gus Tulloss said he was proud that the employees were given recognition for their efforts. “Whether they are doing work for the Department of Transportation or other duties, they all showed professionalism,” Tulloss said. “They also showed compassion to go back and get the gentleman’s pet dog out. I am proud of what they did and how they responded.”
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Pictured from left to right: Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson with Extra Mile Award winners Teresa Skinner, David Griffies, Thomas Jernigan, Keith Hurdle, and Division 4 Engineer Tim Little. ***NCDOT***  
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5/1/2012: N.C. Board of Transportation Monthly Meeting to be Held in Greensboro

N.C. Board of Transportation Monthly Meeting to be Held in Greensboro

Posted 5/1/2012 3:17:37 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Transportation will hold its May meeting in NCDOT’s Transportation Division 7 from Wednesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 3. In addition to the Board’s regular meeting, members will tour TIMCO, Honda Jet and FED-EX Air at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. They will also tour the High Point Depot in High Point, the J. Douglas Galyon Depot and the Gateway Center in Greensboro. To access the full agenda, click here: Attachment. This is the second out-of-town board meeting this year. The purpose of holding the meetings across the state is to enable the members of the Board to see transportation projects in the communities where they occur, to hear suggestions and concerns related to transportation policy, and gain more specific insight into emerging transportation trends and patterns that have the potential to impact all areas of the state. ***NCDOT***
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9/30/2011: NCDOT AWARDS $2.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO REPAIR MORE THAN 67 MILES OF PRIMARY ROADS IN BRUNSWICK, NEW HANOVER AND PENDER COUNTIES

NCDOT AWARDS $2.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO REPAIR MORE THAN 67 MILES OF PRIMARY ROADS IN BRUNSWICK, NEW HANOVER AND PENDER COUNTIES

Posted 9/30/2011 2:40:27 PM

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to repair more than 67 miles of primary roads in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. The $2.7 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as Oct. 31 and be completed by May 18, 2012. The contract covers more than 67 miles of primary roads including U.S. 17, U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 130 in New Hanover County and U.S. 117/N.C. 132 and U.S. 17 Business in Pender County. Also, eight miles of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County will be repaired. This is one of 12 contracts totaling $91.3 million awarded by Conti in September for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law, and came in at 3.6 percent, or about $3.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 416 highway contracts totaling $3.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. ***NCDOT***
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