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6/19/2017: Limited Spots Remain For Ferry Shipyard Tour June 29

Limited Spots Remain For Ferry Shipyard Tour June 29

Posted 6/19/2017 12:12:02 PM

MANNS HARBOR – North Carolina residents and visitors interested in getting a rare glimpse inside the Ferry System’s shipyard in Manns Harbor will get their first of four opportunities on Thursday, June 29. Officials are giving public tours of the facility for the first time ever as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the ferry system. However, reservations are required and the tour is filling up fast. The tour will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and last about an hour. It will include a close-up view of the working shipyard where the state’s 21 ferries are repaired, maintained and painted. Participants will be required to wear hard hats (provided by the Ferry Division) and wear closed-toe footwear. Additional tours will be held on July 27, August 24, and September 28. Anyone interested in reserving a spot on any of the tours should email Tim Hass at tdhass@ncdot.gov.    (NCDOT)
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(Caption: NCDOT's Shipyard located in Manns Harbor, NC)
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6/12/2017: Improvements Coming to 11 NC Airports

Improvements Coming to 11 NC Airports

Posted 6/12/2017 3:00:06 PM

Improvements Coming to 11 NC Airports RALEIGH – Improvements are on the way for 11 airports across North Carolina following the approval of $35.4 million in state funding for aviation projects by the N.C. Board of Transportation. In addition to enhancing airport safety, these upgrades will support and help generate more economic activity and tourism. “Airports are a critical part of North Carolina’s transportation system,” said N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation Director Bobby Walston. “Completing these projects will increase the safety of these facilities while also maintaining the link these airports provide our state to the national and global economies.” Projects and estimated costs include: Albert J. Ellis (Jacksonville) Airport lighting, signage and electrical vault replacement — $1,400,000 Billy Mitchell (Hatteras) Airport repaving – $1,200,000 Coastal Carolina (New Bern) Airport runway repaving — $3,000,000 Duplin County Airport runway widening and improved lighting — $4,000,000 First Flight (Kill Devil Hills) Airport repaving – $1,000,000 Kinston Regional Airport runway and taxiway repaving — $8,000,000 Laurinburg Maxton Airport taxiway repaving — $2,000,000 Ocracoke Island Airport repaving – $1,200,000 Rockingham-Shiloh Airport runway repaving — $3,600,000 Statesville Airport taxiway parallel construction — $8,000,000 Tarboro-Edgecombe County Airport runway repaving, updating airfield lighting and repairing damage caused by Hurricane Matthew — $2,000,000 Statewide airport data from 2016 shows aviation contributes over $31 billion in annual economic impact to the NC economy, including 123,400 airport-related jobs. With the exception of the Albert J. Ellis Airport project, which will be funded 90 percent by the state and 10 percent locally, each of these safety projects are completely state-funded. The funds being used are allocated for safety, operations and maintenance.
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6/2/2017: North Carolina Drivers to Be Surveyed on Seat Belt Usage in June

North Carolina Drivers to Be Surveyed on Seat Belt Usage in June

Posted 6/2/2017 2:49:58 PM

RALEIGH — Surveyors contracted through the Institute for Transportation Research and Education will be in select North Carolina counties throughout the month of June observing and recording seat belt usage by drivers and passengers.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires states to complete a seat belt usage survey each year. Fifteen counties were selected by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to determine North Carolina’s overall usage rate. In 2016, North Carolina’s seat belt usage rate was 91.7 percent, just slightly above the national standard of 90 percent. State law requires that motor vehicle passengers in both the front and back seats use their seat belt. The annual seat belt survey overlaps with the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, which began on May 22 and ends on June 6.  The Click It or Ticket campaign, now in its 24th year, has reduced fatalities across North Carolina by increasing driver seat belt awareness and usage rates. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the initiative, and it is one of the most well-coordinated and cooperative law enforcement efforts of its kind in the nation.  The annual seat belt survey is occurring in the following counties: Alamance, Buncombe, Catawba, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Nash, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, and Wilkes. Counties were selected based on fatality and road segment data.   ***NCDOT***
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6/2/2017: Contract Awarded for Construction of State's First Passenger Ferry

Contract Awarded for Construction of State's First Passenger Ferry

Posted 6/2/2017 10:38:02 AM

RALEIGH - Passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village is a major step closer to reality this week. On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.15 million contract to Armstrong Marine Inc. of Port Angeles, Washington, for construction of a 98-passenger catamaran-style ferry. The vessel will be built at Armstrong Marine’s eastern shipyard in Swansboro, North Carolina. “Although we’ve been laying the groundwork for quite some time now, this contract officially puts the passenger ferry project on the public’s radar,” said Interim Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon. “We are hoping that by this time next year, direct passenger ferry service to Ocracoke Village will be up and running.” The ferry will run between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor, allowing passengers to disembark in the heart of Ocracoke Village. From there, visitors will be able to navigate the village on foot, bicycle or golf cart, or catch a new shuttle service that Hyde County will be providing in conjunction with the passenger ferry. The new ferry service will supplement the Ferry Division’s existing car ferries, and is designed to ease summer traffic congestion on the popular route. Much of the project funding comes from a Federal Lands Access Program grant. The grant also covers infrastructure improvements at Hatteras and Ocracoke that will accommodate ferry passengers. Under the terms of the contract, Armstrong Marine is expected to deliver the new ferry by April 28, 2018. This contract was one of 14 road, bridge and ferry projects recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. They totaled $186.8 million, and were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law. (NCDOT)        
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(Caption: Artist rendering of NCDOT Passenger Ferry, to begin operation between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village next summer)
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5/30/2017: Kick-Off Summer Adventures with $5 Kids Fare

Kick-Off Summer Adventures with $5 Kids Fare

Posted 5/30/2017 3:19:28 PM

RALEIGH – Families looking for fun summer adventures can enjoy a special $5 kids fare to travel the rails in North Carolina. From June 1 through Aug. 31, customers can use discount code V626 when booking at NCByTrain.org to take advantage of the one-way $5 fare for up to two children ages 2-12 with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket. This offer is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Terms and conditions apply. Families can hop on board at any of the cities below when traveling NC By Train: Charlotte Kannapolis Salisbury High Point Greensboro Burlington Durham Cary Raleigh Selma Wilson Rocky Mount NC By Train’s Piedmont and Carolinian trains are sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation and operated by Amtrak. These trains provide daily service from Raleigh to Charlotte, plus seven additional stops in between.
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