Crews prepare and respond to severe weather, chip seal helps to preserve the life of pavement, and Secretary Tennyson joins students in Hertford for International Walk to School Day
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
NCDOT crews throughout the state prepared for potential impacts from Hurricane Joaquin. While the storm stayed off shore, winds and heavy rain from another storm system slammed our state, causing flooding and areas of damage from the mountains to the coast.
During this past summer, you may have noticed crews out paving local roads near you. Much of that work is called preservation, which is intended to keeps roads in good condition to avoid costly repairs later.
That familiar "ting" of tiny rocks tapping your car's undercarriage is a sign of a treatment type called chip seal. It gets its name from the crushed, or chipped, pieces of rocks that are sealed on the road surface with a thin layer of asphalt. The chip seal technique allows crews to make minor improvements to good roads regularly, delaying or even preventing major road repairs that are much more costly, time-consuming and disruptive to motorists.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of students and parents in hundreds of communities across the state walked and biked to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day.
More than 200 North Carolina schools, from Andrews to Buxton, held events, setting a new record for the state. Walk to School Day participation in North Carolina has increased nearly 25 percent since last year's event, and the total number is expected to grow as celebrations continue through the end of October.
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