Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Greenville to Benefit from Tenth Street Connector Project
Secretary Nick Tennyson joined Governor Pat McCrory and local officials to tour the Tenth Street Connector project under construction in Greenville. The project plays a key part in fulfilling Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, which focuses on improving transportation connections across the state.
The 1.5-mile project will improve traffic flow and provide a direct connection between Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University's medical campus and the university's main campus. It will also better connect the medical center with areas to the east, and the main university campus and downtown with areas to the west, as well as serve as a gateway for the community.
The project includes construction of a new bridge over the railroad tracks at Dickinson Avenue, which will improve both mobility and safety by separating rail and roadway traffic on Tenth Street. This separation is vital for emergency response vehicles that travel in this area.
The Tenth Street Connector will also be what is called a "Complete Street," because it incorporates several modes of transportation, including new bike lanes, sidewalks and transit stops along the entire length of the corridor.
The City of Greenville, East Carolina University, Vidant Health and NCDOT have all contributed towards the $30 million improvement project. S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson began work on the connector in October 2015. It is currently on schedule to be substantially complete by November 2018, with an overall completion date of May 2019.
Work Zone Safety Reminder
With increased work activity during the summer, NCDOT reminds drivers to: Drive smart. Do your part. Slow down, stay alert and expect the unexpected in work zones.
This includes any area where crews are working along a highway and applies to not just construction work but also maintenance and other activities such as surveying and utility work. In addition, motorists should remember that work zone speed limits are in effect even when workers are not present.