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1/19/2018: This Week at NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup and PIP Completion

This Week at NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup and PIP Completion

Posted 1/19/2018 11:35:37 AM

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. Winter Storm Cleanup Once again, the New Year kicked off with a wintry welcome, bringing record-breaking cold and not one, but two winter storms. The first storm brought ice and a few inches of snow to eastern counties and coastal areas, which is an unusual sight in North Carolina. The ice, coupled with constant below freezing daytime temperatures and single digit nighttime temperatures, made it especially challenging for crews to clear roadways. N.C. Department of Transportation crews from across the state were sent to assist in the clearing efforts, which took nearly a week in some areas. Nearly every county received snow, with the highest amounts in the Piedmont where up to a foot fell in some locations. Additional crews from other counties were brought in to assist, first clearing interstates and primary routes before transitioning to secondary roads. IMAP Rescue We also want to recognize some of our workers who recently made a big difference for a few North Carolinians. North Carolina State Farm Incident Management Assistance Patrol employees Robert Remini and Denny Thrift saw a mother in distress on the shoulder of I-73. They pulled over and jumped into action, saving a child who was suffocating. And during the latest round of winter weather, Triangle Expressway Roadway Manager Alan Shapiro and Bradley Young, who also works for the N.C. Turnpike Authority, went above and beyond. While monitoring N.C. 540 on the operations floor, Alan noticed a stranded motorist. He knew it would take some time to get the driver help, so he asked Bradley to meet him on the Triangle Expressway so they could personally assist the driver. Thanks to our workers across the state who help keep drivers safe every day. PIP Completion On another note, hop on the train to experience firsthand the improvements between Charlotte and Raleigh with the completion of the Piedmont Improvement Program. This series of 40 rail projects, that included station improvements, closures of street-level crossings and new bridges, have greatly increased safety for vehicle drivers and rail passengers. Additionally, the ability to more efficiently move freight traffic will help spur new economic development and job growth. You can learn more about these projects here.
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1/12/2018: NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

Posted 1/12/2018 8:14:15 AM

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will be playing a leading role in a new group set up to improve and standardize the nationwide drone industry. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed NCDOT to the steering committee that will help develop a new Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and training organizations. “This gives us a unique opportunity to be a lead in creating training standards for the nation,” said Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer with NCDOT. “Exciting times ahead.” The TOP was established in November 2017 to unite the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and develop consistent best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone operators and service providers. NCDOT is the only state government agency in the country to be named to the program. More information about the TOP can be found on AUVSI’s website. Contact: James Pearce             (919) 812-1685             jpearce2@ncdot.gov
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1/10/2018: Largest Program of Improvements to State’s Rail Infrastructure Complete

Largest Program of Improvements to State’s Rail Infrastructure Complete

Posted 1/10/2018 9:11:14 AM

RALEIGH — After just seven years, North Carolina’s largest program of improvements to the state’s rail infrastructure is complete. The Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP) is improving safety, efficiency and reliability for freight and passenger rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh. Over the course of the project, more than 40 comprehensive rail projects were completed. These included: Constructing 13 new bridges over or under highways to prevent train/vehicle collisions; Laying 27 miles of double track between Greensboro and Charlotte, making the route between both cities now double track; Closing nearly 40 street-level roadway crossings to improve safety; Additional locomotives and railcars for the Piedmont train service; and Improvements to four train stations between Cary and Kannapolis. “The Piedmont Improvement Program has put our state on the right path for the future by not only improving connectivity for passenger customers, but also serving as a catalyst for economic improvement through freight rail service, locally and nationally,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard. “Additionally, modernization of the corridor allows for increased freight service along the line to better accommodate growing freight traffic while lightening the load on our state’s highways.” Understanding the significance of railroads to North Carolina’s infrastructure and economy, the N.C. Department of Transportation embarked upon a series of railroad and highway construction projects and enhancements in 2010. The program also allows for the start of two new daily round trips on the Piedmont passenger line, meaning passengers will ultimately be able to travel on five trains each way between Raleigh and Charlotte. The first new round trip Piedmont route is targeted to begin in Spring 2018. For a full project list and video detailing the benefits of PIP, visit NCDOT's website. The Federal Railroad Administration awarded the state a $520 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the work. NCDOT thanks the following partners for their assistance in making the program a success: North Carolina General Assembly Federal Railroad Administration Municipalities: Burlington, Cary, Charlotte, China Grove, Durham, Greensboro, Harrisburg, High Point, Landis, Morrisville, Raleigh, Salisbury North Carolina Railroad Company Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Amtrak North Carolina Association of General Contractors North Carolina Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies Media can download a broadcast-quality version of the video or access it on YouTube.
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12/29/2017: Fees for DMV Hearings Begin; State-Mandated Charges Now Required

Fees for DMV Hearings Begin; State-Mandated Charges Now Required

Posted 12/29/2017 2:58:45 PM

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has started collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings as of Jan. 1. This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings. NCDMV will notify eligible customers by mail on how to request a hearing, applicable fees and deadlines for submitting a request. Most hearings will be scheduled when the request is submitted in writing and the fees are paid in full. A waiver of fees is available for applicants who meet certain household income criteria. For more information on the administrative hearings process and a list of fees, visit the DMV website at MyNCDMV.gov.
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12/7/2017: Governor Cooper Welcomes $55.7M Expansion at N.C. Global TransPark

Governor Cooper Welcomes $55.7M Expansion at N.C. Global TransPark

Posted 12/7/2017 1:57:47 PM

KINSTON - Spirit AeroSystems, one of the world's largest independent suppliers of commercial airplane parts, says it plans to expand its operations at N.C. Global TransPark, investing an additional $55.7 million over the next five years. Governor Cooper welcomed the decision Thursday, describing it as a major step forward for eastern North Carolina and the state's aerospace industry. "We are excited to see Spirit AeroSystems strengthen its investment in North Carolina with this major expansion," Governor Cooper said. "This sends a clear signal that eastern North Carolina can compete for business and is ready for new opportunities that bring jobs to this region." Allen Thomas, executive director of the 2,500-acre Global TransPark, also welcomed Spirit AeroSystems' decision. "This expansion further reinforces North Carolina's position as one of the top four states in aerospace manufacturing in the nation and sends a message to the high quality of skilled labor in eastern North Carolina," he said. Wichita-based Spirit already has operations at multiple Global TransPark facilities, including a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. It also runs a 33,000-square-foot training center to serve the growing aerospace industry in eastern North Carolina. Since opening its facilities at Global TransPark in 2010, Spirit AeroSystems has invested more than $206 million in the region. The North Carolina operation employs approximately 850 people from 22 surrounding counties. "As we further invest in our site to meet the needs of our customer, we will be creating opportunities to support job growth and positively contribute to the regional economy," said Terry George, Spirit AeroSystems North Carolina's vice president and general manager. "This projected future capital investment will improve our capacity to deliver world-class aerostructures." About N.C. Global TransPark A division of the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Global TransPark is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking multimodal developments in the world. The business park – with approximately 1,350 employees – supports the manufacturing and logistics needs of the aviation, aerospace, defense, emergency response and advanced materials industries. Global TransPark features a centerpiece 11,500-foot runway, on-site rail connections, shovel-ready development sites, available facilities and an onsite Foreign Trade Zone. Its strategic location to interstate and connector highways provides easy access to military installations, colleges and universities, metropolitan areas and North Carolina's ports in Morehead City and Wilmington.
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