Next 10-year plan for transportation projects is approved, ground is broken for the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage Facility, work underway on casino connector and Johnston County rail crossing safety campaign takes place
The North Carolina Board of Transportation has approved the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year transportation plan that includes nearly 1,100 projects in the state. The highway projects alone are expected to support the creation of nearly 300,000 jobs. The plan is the first developed using the Strategic Mobility Formula -a method for distributing funding for and prioritizing transportation projects -that was created two years ago with the passage of the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI)
Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata recently joined the North Carolina State Ports Authority and representatives with USA InvestCo, to break ground on a new 101,000-square-foot cold storage facility at the Port of Wilmington.
The warehouse facility is located directly on terminal at the Port of Wilmington and is expected to create more than 100 new jobs. North Carolina's agriculture business has always relied heavily on the Port of Wilmington and this specific construction, offering over 11,000 pallet positions, represents further development in that market.
The cold storage facility is scheduled to be complete in February 2016.
Workers are laying asphalt on connector road from U.S. 64/74 on the east side of Murphy, to the site of the new Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel.
NCDOT built water and sewer line connections to the property, so it could move forward with building and paving the road and will be reimbursed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for this work.
When the new casino opens later this summer, it is expected to bring 900 jobs to the local economy in addition to the thousands of anticipated visitors to the area.
NCDOT's Rail Division recently partnered with the Smithfield and Selma Police Departments, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, CSX Police Department and other agencies on a rail safety crossing campaign in Johnston County.
The crossing blitzes were at the intersection of the railroad and Peedin Road in Smithfield and the intersection of the railroad and Ricks Road in Selma. Law enforcement officers passed out educational materials about railroad crossing safety to 632 motorists.
So far in 2015, there have been 25 known grade crossing collisions and 13 known incidents of rail trespassing in North Carolina.