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9/26/2016: NCDOT to Partner with City of Hickory to Repair Sinkhole

NCDOT to Partner with City of Hickory to Repair Sinkhole

Posted 9/26/2016 4:29:13 PM

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with the City of Hickory to repair the sinkhole at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Seventh Street Southeast in Hickory. At its September meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved an agreement with the City of Hickory to pay for the $3.2 million repair project. Work will entail excavating the area, extending the culvert under U.S. 70 to the existing 96-inch corrugated steel pipe under Seventh Street and backfilling the site. “We’re pleased to help the City of Hickory reach a solution to this long-standing problem,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “Addressing this issue is essential to maintaining the safety and quality of our highway infrastructure.” The project will prevent continued failure of the pipe that resulted in sinkholes in August 2002, July 2005 and July 2013. Overflow from the blocked pipe causes flooding on U.S. 70 and adjacent business properties. Under the agreement, NCDOT will provide $1 million toward the cost of the project and the city will provide $2.2 million, as well as sharing in any additional costs beyond the estimated $3.2 million for the project. The city will also acquire the property needed for the repairs. The project is expected to be awarded late this fall and complete in summer 2017. ***NCDOT***
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9/23/2016: This Week at NCDOT: Online License Renewal and Foreign-Trade Zone Expansion

This Week at NCDOT: Online License Renewal and Foreign-Trade Zone Expansion

Posted 9/23/2016 12:24:42 PM

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast N.C. Transportation Now. More than 500,000 North Carolinians Saved Time Renewing Driver Licenses Online In the past year, more than 500,000 North Carolinians have saved time by going online to renew their driver licenses.  Nearly 250,000 customer hours have been saved by those who have renewed online, and almost 125,000 staff hours have been freed to help others visit DMV offices. While many people have taken advantage of DMV’s online services, about 70 percent of the customers who are still visiting an office could complete their transaction online.  Before going to a DMV office, visit ncdot.gov/dmv to find out if you can conduct your business online. Online driver licenses services are just one of the many changes DMV has introduced over the past three years through Governor Pat McCrory’s “Driving Change” initiative. DMV now accepts debit and credit cards, and is upgrading its offices to make driver license transactions quicker. The agency also offers extended and Saturday hours at some driver license offices, and customers renewing their license no longer have to take a sign test. Additionally, to better serve remote areas of the state, DMV has also introduced new, state-of-the-art mobile offices. Governor McCrory Announces Expansion of Foreign-Trade Zone Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, making the region more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and increasing its competitiveness in global trade. Foreign-trade zones are located near U.S. ports of entry and stimulate economic growth and development by offering companies tariff and tax relief on the storage and operation of commercial merchandise within the zone. The service area has been expanded to include 22 counties in southeastern North Carolina and three new magnet sites run by a third party. Along with the expansion, a new business model was also approved that reduces the time it takes companies to attain foreign-trade zone status from months to just weeks. This fast turnaround will help attract companies that cannot afford to wait months for approval of their site.  ***NCDOT***
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9/21/2016: DMV Driver License Services Return to Fort Bragg

DMV Driver License Services Return to Fort Bragg

Posted 9/21/2016 1:47:27 PM

FAYETTEVILLE – Secretaries Nick Tennyson and Cornell Wilson Jr., two members of Governor Pat McCrory’s cabinet, participated today in a ribbon cutting for the new Fort Bragg Mobile Driver License Office. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is now offering driver license and special identification card services to soldiers and their family members at Fort Bragg. “By bringing DMV services back to Fort Bragg for the first time since 2008, we are continuing our mission to make North Carolina the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation,” Governor McCrory said. “This first-of-its-kind mobile office will allow military members and their families to take care of their driver license business conveniently on post.” DMV services will be provided by its new compact, flexible mobile office. The new mobile unit will visit the Soldier Support Center every second, third and fourth Wednesday and Thursday each month. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The return of DMV services to Fort Bragg is one of many improvements DMV is making through the governor’s ‘Driving Change’ initiative,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “Through online services and the debut of the Fort Bragg Mobile Driver License Office, we are making DMV business as easy and convenient as possible for military members and their families.” The new state-of-the-art mobile office allows the DMV to offer the first-of-its-kind service in the nation. Credit card readers, mobile cameras, vision and knowledge skills testing is provided in each unit. The new units are replacing the aging RV-style mobile units that are expensive to operate with a flexible, cost-efficient solution mounted in SUVs. Each SUV holds side-by-side driver license desks that can be deployed in almost any location and will increase mobile sites from 24 to more than 70 sites statewide. “This is one more step by this state to lighten the administrative load in the soldier’s rucksack, enabling them to focus more on training for that next deployment,” Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Cornell Wilson Jr. added. The new mobile units are among many DMV customer service improvements introduced by Governor McCrory. Along with the 21st-century technology now being used at the state’s driver license offices, the mobile units join the Division’s new focus on online services to help improve efficiency and decrease office wait times around the state.
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9/8/2016: NC Ferry Crew Honored For Charter Rescue

NC Ferry Crew Honored For Charter Rescue

Posted 9/8/2016 3:15:41 PM

Raleigh – The North Carolina Board of Transportation today awarded the crew of the N.C. Ferry System’s M/V Swan Quarter with an Extra Mile Award for its actions responding to a fire on a nearby charter vessel in July. The Swan Quarter had just departed Ocracoke when it received a distress call just before 2 p.m. on July 5 from the Sea Doodle, a local charter boat, saying the boat was on fire. Captain David Gaskill immediately altered course to go to the aid of the burning boat. With the rest of the ferry crew standing by on the Swan Quarter’s fire hoses, crew members Taylor Daniels and Bobby Martin used a rescue boat to deliver fire extinguishers to the Sea Doodle, which enabled the charter’s crew to put out the fire. The Coast Guard arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, and the ferry returned to its scheduled service.  “This crew used its extensive training to avert a potentially tragic situation on the water”, said N.C. Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “The crew’s quick response prevented a dangerous and life-threatening situation from getting out of control.” Receiving the award today were Gaskill, Daniels, and Martin, along with fellow crew members Jeremy Mooney, Benji Hart, Mitchell Russell and Joe Young. ***NCDOT***
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8/31/2016: North Carolina Motorists Buckling Up in Record Numbers

North Carolina Motorists Buckling Up in Record Numbers

Posted 8/31/2016 10:43:24 AM

Raleigh - Governor Pat McCrory announced that a record 91.7 percent of North Carolinians are buckling up and regularly using seat belts, according to recent a survey conducted by RTI International. “North Carolina is a leader in educating the public about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt while in the car, and our rising seat belt usage rate reflects the state’s ongoing commitment to roadway safety and saving lives,” Governor McCrory said. “We will continue to do all we can to educate the public about the dangers of not buckling up to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities.” In 1993, North Carolina became the first state to implement Click It or Ticket, an education and enforcement program to remind motorists that wearing a seat belt can save your life. The program aims to increase driver seat belt usage rates and reduce fatalities across North Carolina and has yielded significant results over the years. “Our seat belt usage rate shows that more than nine out of ten North Carolinians are taking the time to buckle up when getting in a motor vehicle,” said Don Nail, director of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “We will continue educating drivers and passengers on the lifesaving importance of wearing your seat belt. North Carolina’s goal is for every seat to buckle up every time.” RTI International conducted the seat belt survey in 25 counties in June to determine North Carolina’s overall seat belt usage rate, as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The selection of counties was based on fatality and road segment data.  According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey conducted annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the national seat belt use rate in 2015 was 88.5 percent, up from 86.7 in 2014. North Carolina’s seat belt use rate last year was 89.9 percent. Under North Carolina law, all drivers and passengers must have a seat belt fastened when a vehicle is being driven on a street or highway. Failure to wear a seat belt carries a fine of $179, and child passenger violations carries a fine of $263. ***NCDOT***  
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