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8/11/2017: NCDOT Prepared for Solar Show

NCDOT Prepared for Solar Show

Posted 8/11/2017 4:02:17 PM

SYLVA — The star of the show will perform for about two and a half minutes. Planning has been ongoing for months in preparation for thousands — likely hundreds of thousands — of people to travel either to or through North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Numerous events and festivals are planned in western North Carolina, with Jackson County alone preparing for 18,000 to 20,000 visitors. The estimated number of travelers headed to South Carolina exceeds 2.1 million. Because of this population surge, the N.C. Department of Transportation has been coordinating with various state. local and federal agencies to help eclipse enthusiasts safely enjoy the event. Transportation officials urge residents and visitors to stay safe by following these tips during their eclipse weekend: • Plan Ahead — Expect higher volumes of traffic on every road. Eclipse watchers are encouraged to arrive early. Remember to obey all posted signs and message boards. • Stay Put — Do not park on the shoulder of the road to view the eclipse. Exit the roadway and park in a safe location, such as a rest area or other designated parking spots. Motorists should avoid distractions while driving and watch for pedestrians near eclipse viewing events. Do not wear eclipse viewing glasses while driving. • Leave Late — Traffic will be likely be heavy following the eclipse, much like after a concert or sporting event. Stick around and let others leave first. For those headed into the path of totality, follow the instructions of posted signs instead of your phone or GPS. NCDOT traffic experts, highway patrol officers and EMS officials will have accurate, real-time information and will be in the best position to direct traffic on the big day. Those in other parts of North Carolina will experience a partial solar eclipse and are encouraged to follow the safety tips outlined above. NCDOT will suspend road work and lane closures on primary routes in the 17 westernmost counties between Friday evening and Tuesday afternoon. Other interstates across the state will be monitored, and lane closures will be removed if heavy traffic backups occur. State transportation officials have assembled 42 portable message boards that will be placed at strategic locations across seven counties with eclipse-related messages. Three new closed-circuit TV cameras have been installed and will be monitored so the timing of the lights can be changed to keep traffic flowing. Four IMAP trucks will be ready to provide assistance on Interstates 26 and 40, as well as in the Nantahala Gorge and near Cowee Gap. With maintenance work suspended for the day, employees will be supplied with basic emergency tools, gas cans and towing chains and reassigned to help motorists in distress. Visit nc.gov/eclipse2017 for more information about the total solar eclipse in North Carolina. ***NCDOT***  
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8/17/2017: Don’t Drink and Drive this Labor Day Holiday

Don’t Drink and Drive this Labor Day Holiday

Posted 8/17/2017 2:32:50 PM

RALEIGH –  State and local law enforcement aim to make holiday travel safer during the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Labor Day Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4. “Labor Day is a joyous family holiday that should never be marred by the tragic results of a drunk driver,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the GHSP. “Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are partnering with our office to prevent these tragedies by taking drunk drivers off the road.” Highway deaths caused by impaired drivers this year are down 23 percent from 2016, with 166 fatalities in North Carolina to-date. GHSP urges everyone to make a plan to get home safely if they plan to drink.  Visit BeSmarterThanThat.com, an innovative site that provides users a way to download ride apps, designate a sober driver, call a cab, or find public transit options. “Join us in keeping this Labor Day holiday as safe as possible,” Ezzell continued. “If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. This decision could be the difference between life and death.” In its 23rd year, the Booze It & Lose It campaign complements NC Vision Zero initiative, which aims to save lives on North Carolina roadways. The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries through coordinated agency-to-agency efforts that help reduce risky driving behaviors. ***NCDOT***    
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8/14/2017: Score a Touchdown by Riding NC By Train to Panther Games

Score a Touchdown by Riding NC By Train to Panther Games

Posted 8/14/2017 11:39:15 AM

RALEIGH -- It’s time for football! Get on board the train with other fans on the way to the game and skip the hassle of traffic and parking. Back by popular demand for the 2017 football season, NC By Train is hosting its Panthers train to carry fans to and from select home games in Charlotte. Passengers headed to the 1 p.m. Sunday games listed below can take Piedmont Train 73 from any of the eight stations along the corridor to Charlotte and return on Piedmont Train 76 at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Nov. 5 Dec. 10 Dec. 17 Dec. 24 Tickets can be purchased now online at NCbyTrain.org. The Charlotte Area Transit System is picking up passengers at the Charlotte station and dropping them off a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium. (View map) Passengers can request a transit pass from the conductor to travel from the Charlotte train station to the transportation center. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer. Please note, alcoholic beverages are not permitted on Piedmont trains. Pre-Game Train 73 – arrive at Charlotte station at 10:04 a.m. CATS – Bus 1 for Route 11 pick-up Charlotte station at 10:25 a.m. Post-Game CATS – Bus will pick up from Transportation Center (301 East Trade Street) at 4:30 p.m. Train 76 – Depart Charlotte station at 5:15 p.m.
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8/11/2017: This Week at NCDOT: 2017 Solar Eclipse and Speed Limits Changes for the Birds at Manns Harbor

This Week at NCDOT: 2017 Solar Eclipse and Speed Limits Changes for the Birds at Manns Harbor

Posted 8/11/2017 3:43:54 PM

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast. 2017 Solar Eclipse On Monday, Aug. 21, all of the continental U.S. will experience an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years. A total solar eclipse will be visible within a path 70 miles wide that stretches across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Large numbers of people are expected to make their way toward the path of the total eclipse in North Carolina and points south. There could be significant traffic impacts from congestion before and after the event. Safe driving behavior before, during and after the eclipse is important. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages travelers to: Arrive Early Stay Put Leave Late View more safety tips online at ncdot.gov. Speed Limit Changes for the Birds With the annual purple martin roost reaching its mid-summer peak in Manns Harbor, NCDOT has lowered speed limits at dusk and dawn on the William B. Umstead Bridge, locally known as the Old Manns Harbor Bridge. From mid-July through August, the west end of the bridge on Croatan Sound becomes home to more than 100,000 purple martins as they prepare for their annual migration to Brazil. The birds roost under the bridge at night, departing at dawn to feed and returning at sunset. The flock is so large during its peak that it can be seen on Doppler radar. For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.
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8/10/2017: 25 HBCU Interns Obtain Real World Experience from NCDOT

25 HBCU Interns Obtain Real World Experience from NCDOT

Posted 8/10/2017 10:21:57 AM

RALEIGH – When NCDOT’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship Program comes to an end on Aug. 11, 25 students from seven different schools will have each gained a new set of skills, knowledge and experience. The main goal for the program is to provide students, undergraduate level and graduate level, with real world professional experience. The program accepts students from a variety of study areas, ranging from Communications to Engineering. Over 10 weeks, each intern works alongside executive and senior leadership staff to gain a better grasp of what it is like to work with the NCDOT and within the professional world. “My experience as an HBCU intern for the NCDOT’s Governance Office has completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve enjoyed learning something new and begin able to apply skills from school in a business setting. I’m looking forward to telling my peers about my summer internship experience,” said William Gibson. The requirements for the internship vary depending on what office the student is interested in; however, the core requirements for students to be accepted into the program are: Be a resident of North Carolina Either be a 2017 graduate or a rising junior, senior or graduate student Be enrolled full-time at an accredited historically black college or university or minority institution of higher education Must have a strong academic record with at least a 2.5 grade-point average This summer, interns worked on numerous projects that dealt with crossline pipes, finance and drones. “I worked in the Office of Civil Rights under JoAna McCoy,” said Courtney Cornelious, “She runs five programs and has five schools participating in the STEM program. We went to each schools opening and closing ceremony and collaborated with them to give feedback and helpful tips. I also worked with different departments and shadowed then Acting Director Benny Sloan, learning more about compliance.” The undergraduate and graduate students who interned with the HBCU Internship program are: Bria Battle, Fayetteville State University Ronald Bethea, North Carolina A&T State University Quianti Cherry, Elizabeth City State University Bernard Clark, North Carolina Central University Reubeneeco Crummy, North Carolina A&T State University Courtney Cornelious, North Carolina Central University Justin Crumpler, Fayetteville State University Jimmy Davis, North Carolina Central University Nyles Fleming, Morehouse College William Gibson Winston-Salem State University   Austin Johnson, Elizabeth City State University Paulina Lopez, North Carolina Central University Chua Lo-Yang North Carolina Central University Christopher McLean, North Carolina A&T State University Dante Miller, North Carolina A&T State University Jalen Miller, North Carolina A&T State University Kayla Moore, North Carolina A&T State University Teon Parker, North Carolina A&T State University   Rasheal Pittman, North Carolina Central University Antonio Rivers, North Carolina A&T State University Deon Saunders, North Carolina A&T State University Kevin Dyshun Skeen, Winston-Salem State University Jolil Smoke, Spelman College Gian Spells, North Carolina Central University     Blane Winston, North Carolina Central University For more information regarding the program visit https://www.ncdot.gov/careers/edu/initiatives/internship_hbcu.html
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