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
State Opens New Section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop
Governor McCrory joined Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, representatives of Fort Bragg and other officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop from U.S. 401 Ramsey Street to Bragg Boulevard. The highway now provides a direct connection between Fort Bragg and Interstate 95. Once the entire Outer Loop is complete, it will span 39 miles and provide unprecedented connectivity for this region, enhancing freight movement and supporting the military, which are key parts of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina.
Emergency Preparedness Reminder
It does not take a hurricane to cause dangerous flooding and driving conditions. They can occur at any time and with little notice. To help keep you and your family safe, make sure you have an updated emergency plan and supply kits. Review and update your homeowners' or renters' insurance policies to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage, natural disasters and, if necessary, flood insurance.
If you are caught on the roadways during severe weather, follow these driving tips:
- Turn on your headlights to allow other cars to see you;
- Slow down and do not use cruise control to reduce your chances of hydroplaning; and
- "Turn around. Don't drown." Never drive or walk through flooded areas. Just a few inches of water can knock a person off their feet or sweep a car away.
Proposals Being Accepted for Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants
The department is now accepting proposals from communities for the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program distributes funding for the development of comprehensive plans to provide facilities for biking, walking or a combination of both. The deadline for application is Thursday, November 10, at 5 p.m. Award recipients will be notified by March 2017. Since 2004, the state has awarded nearly $4.6 million through this program to 173 municipalities across the state, benefiting communities of all sizes.
North Carolina Ports Completes Turning Basin Expansion
It was another big week for North Carolina Ports as the turning basin expansion project at the Port of Wilmington was completed. The expansion allows the port to accommodate post-Panamax vessels with a length of 1,150 feet and a breadth of 158 feet. On August 7, the Yang-Ming Unity became the largest vessel to utilize the expanded turning basin.
Last month, Governor Pat McCrory announced the new Queen City Express, an intermodal rail service between the Port of Wilmington and CSX's intermodal terminal in Charlotte. CSX will eventually provide direct access from the Port of Wilmington to the Carolina Connector intermodal terminal in Edgecombe County. These ongoing investments to transform North Carolina Ports are an important part of fulfilling Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina.