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1/7/2017: Governor Cooper Continues to Encourage Public Safety

Governor Cooper Continues to Encourage Public Safety

Posted 1/7/2017 2:10:12 PM

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper on Sunday again urged North Carolinians to exercise caution and stay off the roads as dangerous travel conditions persist. While snowfall accumulations were not as high as originally forecasted, ice accumulations have made for more hazardous travel. Get real-time traffic and weather updates at, by downloading the ReadyNC mobile app or calling 511. Related Links: How NCDOT Prepares for Winter Weather Safety Tips When on the Road Live, Up-to-Date Travel Conditions “Temperatures are still dangerously cold and many roads remain icy,” he said. “Please be careful and stay off the roads so our emergency and transportation crews can do their jobs to clear them.”   Cooper announced that one woman died and two other people were injured earlier today after their vehicle slid off Interstate 73 in Montgomery County.  A preliminary investigation reveals the car was traveling north on I-73 when the driver lost control, traveled onto the northbound shoulder then down an embankment, striking a tree.    Since midnight, State Highway Patrol troopers have responded to more than 700 calls for service about half of which were collisions.   With overnight low temperatures not exceeding the teens, emergency officials caution that black ice – especially on bridges and overpasses – will cause dangerous driving conditions tonight and tomorrow morning. Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for ice and black ice.   Snow accumulations ranged from 11 inches in Oak Ridge, to 8 inches in the Asheville and Greensboro areas, while communities in the Triangle received between 1 and 6 inches. Eastern and coastal areas saw mostly a wintery mix. Washington County saw as much as half an inch of ice in areas, and Martin County three quarters of an inch. Many Piedmont counties received at least a tenth of an inch of ice in addition to any snow.  Mostly sunny skies will continue into the work week with temperatures gradually warming through Wednesday.   “We cannot stress enough the importance of being safe during extreme cold temperatures,” urged Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks.“Never burn charcoal indoors, nor use your oven for heating purposes as this could lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.”   By late Sunday afternoon, utility companies reported about 2,500 customers still without power, down from a peak of more than 30,000 power outages.     Since Friday, more than 2,500 state transportation employees and contractors have used roughly 1,600 vehicles to apply salt or a sand/salt mix to interstates and primary routes. Crews have been working throughout the weekend on snow removal and de-icing operations to treat much of North Carolina’s 78,000 miles of state-maintained roads.    “Our transportation crews will continue clearing and treating lower-volume primary and secondary routes Monday and Tuesday,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Holder said. “We urge drivers to stay off the roads while our crews do their work. If you have to venture out, be cautious and slow down.”   Governor Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Friday, Jan. 6. and waived vehicle weight and hours of service restrictions to expedite storm response and recovery operations. He also directed the State Highway Patrol to work with other law enforcement and emergency responders statewide to mark abandoned vehicles to ensure that no one is left stranded in the dangerous weather.   Additionally, the governor reminded motorists of the state’s quick clearance policy, instructing state transportation crews to clear the road by pushing to the shoulder any vehicles that may impede traffic.   Travelers are urged to call 511 or go for up-to-date roadway conditions, including lane and road closures.   If you must travel, the Highway Patrol recommends following these safety tips:  Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.    Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge.   If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.   Those using gas-powered generators and other fuel-burning appliances should not run them indoors or in other areas with poor ventilation because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Additional information about severe weather and safety tips for motorists is available on Real-time weather and road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or online at For real-time travel information, visit, and for the latest updates,  follow NCDOT on Twitter and Facebook.
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3/7/2016: Final Four Names Revealed for the Renaming of Business 40 Between Kernersville and Winston-Salem

Final Four Names Revealed for the Renaming of Business 40 Between Kernersville and Winston-Salem

Posted 3/7/2016 11:33:51 AM

WINSTON-SALEM —The Business 40 Improvement Project Naming Selection Committee has chosen four names that will be voted on by the public in an effort to rename the historic Business 40 highway between I-40 east of Kernersville and I-40 west of Winston-Salem, NC. “NCDOT reviewed the 1,889 tabulated nominations from the public who sent in names from November 2015 to January 2016 of which we weighted the top 10, and from the top 10, the Naming Selection Committee chose these four names; all of which represent our area quite well,” said Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey, at a press conference today. The nominations were submitted via email, mail and directly through the project website. The four names the public will vote on in just a matter of weeks are: Innovation Highway Piedmont Corridor Golden Leaf Parkway Salem Parkway Public voting will take place from March 15 until June 15. Voting will be done be via telephone or text; those lines will be announced when voting begins on March 15, 2015. After the votes are tabulated NCDOT will make the announcement when construction begins on the project this summer. “We are pleased that the public responded in such great numbers; the business community and residents of this area desired a highway name reflective of their community versus just a number,” said Division 9 Board Member Jake Alexander. Members of the naming committee are: Jim Shaw (President, Liberty CDC) Geoff Lassiter (President, Winston Salem Dash Ragan Folan (President & CEO, Old Salem Mark Lively (Holly Avenue Neighborhood Assn) Dawn Morgan (The Honorable Mayor of Kernersville) Debi Grant (Town of Kernersville, GIS) Phyllis Mendel (Kernersville Planning Board) Shelby Reap (NCDOT Architecture & History) Diane Wilson (NCDOT Public Involvement) Follow NCDOT on Twitter. ***NCDOT***
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10/1/2015: NCDOT Triad Crews on High Alert For High Threat From Joaquin

NCDOT Triad Crews on High Alert For High Threat From Joaquin

Posted 10/1/2015 5:10:51 PM

GREENSBORO — As hurricane Joaquin threatens the eastern seaboard, N.C. Department of Transportation Divisions 7 (Caswell, Alamance, Randolph, Guilford and Rockingham counties), and Division 9 (Davidson, Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Rowan counties) are preparing crews for the threat of inland flooding and storm damage by checking equipment and placing hundreds of employees on standby. “All maintenance crews have been instructed to gas vehicles like tandem dump trucks, back hoes, as well as chain saws because these will be used to unblock state maintained roadways, which will be one of our main tasks,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “We have barricades and cones strategically placed for deployment to trouble spots where some streets have already flooded due to the last several days of rain,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey. “The most important work is taking place ahead of the storm. We have workers that are cleaning out storm drains and grates to make sure there is little to no debris to perpetuate flooding,” said Division 9 Board Member Jake Alexander. “While we can’t predict what will happen we can put up our defenses and support our fellow NCDOT workers statewide. Around the Triad and the state managers are identifying personnel that will be able to go down east in case the storm does decide to make landfall here,” said Division 7 Board Member Cheryl McQueary. If Joaquin decides to strike the state, whether you are in the Triad or traveling, know before you go and identify your hurricane evacuation route. Having an alternative route in place can help save time and stress if a primary route is closed. Heavy rain and flash flooding create hazardous driving conditions, thereby increasing the likelihood of an accident. To help improve safety and reduce the likelihood of a crash, motorists should take the following precautions:   • Avoid driving during and immediately after the storm; • If you must travel, do not drive through flooded roadways; turn around and take an alternate route; • If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside; • Do not attempt to cross a flooded road even if it seems shallow; flood waters can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.   For a full list of safe driving tips visit For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
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11/14/2014: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County.

Posted 11/14/2014 10:35:40 AM

***MEDIA ADVISORY***   WHAT:                       Media Availability with Governor Pat McCrory, Secretary Tony Tata and other area elected officials for I-74 Beltway Groundbreaking Ceremony in Forsyth County. WHEN:                       Friday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m.WHERE:                    Adjacent to Pisgah United Methodist Church 2165 Pisgah Church Road Kernersville, NC 27284    COMMENTS:          Division 9 NCDOT staff will be available to talk with media about the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway section from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311 known as the "eastern section," or STIP project U-2579. “By building this road, NCDOT will help alleviate congestion and enhance safety along heavily traveled routes. It’s truly project worth celebrating,” said Pat Ivey Division 9 Engineer. When it is complete, this section will become I-74. The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is a multi-lane freeway that will loop around the northern part of Winston-Salem. 
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11/7/2014: NCDOT Awards $154 Million Contract to Build First Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County

NCDOT Awards $154 Million Contract to Build First Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County

Posted 11/7/2014 10:24:54 AM

WINSTON-SALEM — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $154 million contract to build the first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway. Work on the four-mile section of the eastern part of the beltway between U.S. 158 and U.S. 421/Business 40 can start as early as Dec. 1. The road should be open to traffic by Nov. 1, 2018, with final vegetation work done by April 30, 2019. “Once complete, the Beltway will dramatically improve the transportation network in Forsyth County by increasing connectivity, helping alleviate congestion and enhancing safety along heavily traveled routes such as U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey. As a result of NCDOT’s Urban Loop Acceleration Plan, the Department was able to speed up the expected timeframe for property purchasing and the start of construction for this section of the highway, allowing right of way to get under way in 2012. The Department used Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, or GARVEE, bonds to move up the project schedule and get construction started. Eventually, the Beltway will provide a 34-mile multi-lane freeway around the northern side of Winston-Salem. The rest of the eastern section of the Beltway will connect U.S. 311 southeast of the city to U.S. 52, and will become a part of the I-74 corridor when finished. The western section will continue around to U.S. 158 on the southwestern side of the city. The Beltway will reduce traffic congestion and provide interstate connectivity to I-40 and I-40 Business for such Forsyth County towns as Clemmons, Tobaccoville, Walkertown and Rural Hall, and provide residents better access to job and educational opportunities outside of their communities. The $154 million bid by Dragados USA Inc. of New York City was $8 million under NCDOT engineers estimate. This is one of the nine road and bridge contracts worth $173.4 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. 
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