A settlement agreement has been reached allowing for the replacement of the Bonner Bridge, the 2015 Hurricane Season has officially started and results are in for the 2015 Spring Litter Sweep
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.
New Settlement Agreement for Bonner Bridge and N.C. 12
NCDOT, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Federal Highway Administration have finalized a settlement agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, allowing NCDOT to replace the aging Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge. Under the agreement, NCDOT will also consider options that would move vulnerable portions of N.C. 12 out of the southern half of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and into the Pamlico Sound.
2015 Hurricane Season
This month marks the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. NCDOT emergency response staff recently participated in a hurricane drill, where attendees practiced procedures taken in the event of a storm. The N.C. Department of Public Safety has developed a list of tips and essential information regarding what should be done in the event of a hurricane.
To learn more, visit readync.org or download the ReadyNC app on your iPhone or android-operated phone.
2015 Spring Litter Sweep Wrap-up
Twice a year, NCDOT holds a statewide litter sweep in the spring and fall, encouraging all North Carolinians to help clean up litter along local roadsides.
This year's Spring Litter Sweep, held April 18 through May 2, had one of the highest turnouts of volunteers to date. Volunteers working along 6,177 miles of roads picked up 48,469 bags of trash, enough to cross a football field 269 times.
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.