State celebrates milestone in transportation investment
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.
NCDOT Aims to Help Make Fourth of July Travel Smoother
AAA predicts that more people than ever will be traveling over this July 4th holiday weekend. To help make the trip through North Carolina a little smoother, NCDOT is suspending most lane closures along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes.
Lane closures will be suspended from 8 a.m. Friday, July 1, until midnight Monday, July 4, with some exceptions, including:
I-85 in Rowan County near Salisbury, where two of four southbound lanes are closed between exits 76 and 75 for a pavement rehabilitation and bridge replacement project.
I-85 in both directions near the Virginia border, where two of four lanes are closed to allow crews to reconstruct the northbound lanes at two locations in this area. With the interstate reduced to two lanes, long delays are possible and NCDOT recommends that motorists seek alternate routes, including U.S. 1 or I-95, if possible.
As a driver, remember that your job is to focus on the road and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.
North Carolina Celebrates a Milestone in Transportation Investment
Three years ago, on June 26, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed the Strategic Transportation Investments law, which took the politics out of transportation planning and transformed the way the state prioritizes and pays for much-needed transportation projects. The law created a new, more transparent way of funding projects based on the ability to reduce congestion, increase safety and promote economic growth.
The goal of the law is simple: to more efficiently invest our existing transportation dollars to better connect North Carolinians and support more jobs. In reality, the process has exceeded initial estimates and is funding nearly three times as many projects and supporting nearly twice as many jobs as the previous formula.
The new law also resulted in one of the most comprehensive transportation plans in state history - funding nearly 1,100 projects across all modes of transportation, including improvements in each of the state's 100 counties. These improvements will better connect our communities to critical destinations and open the door to new opportunities for generations to come.