RALEIGH - The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Former Fort Bragg Service Members Graduate From Truck Driver Training Course
Thirteen Fort Bragg service members transitioning to civilian status after military duty recently graduated in Fayetteville from a 384-hour commercial truck driving course
The course is administered by the Division of Motor Vehicles and is open to transitioning service members and their spouses. Instructors are provided by Johnston Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Massive 'Badger Breaker' to Demolish I-40 in Fortify Work Zone
From Lake Wheeler Road to U.S. 1 in Raleigh, crews on the Fortify I-40/440 rebuild project began using a Badger Breaker last month to demolish the old roadway. The 23-ton machine uses up to 12 hammers -each weighing 1,000 to 1,200 pounds -to break up the crumbling pavement.
NCDOT and Granite Construction plan to use the Badger Breaker for the remainder of the project. Work on the I-40/440 Fortify project is expected to be complete in late 2016.
Watch for Me NC on Outer Banks
The Watch for Me NC bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign is now underway on the Outer Banks to remind drivers to keep an eye out for people in crosswalks and cyclists on the road.
In Dare County and surrounding areas of the Outer Banks, visitors and residents are hearing mobile radio ads and seeing billboards promoting the campaign's main messages of "Make Room for Bikes," and "Yield to People in Crosswalks."
The campaign will last through September at beach communities, and will launch in other communities across the state in August.
For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT's online newsroom.