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.
North Carolina Welcomes Its Largest Container Ship
Building upon Governor Pat McCrory's efforts to increase trade and promote economic growth at our state ports, North Carolina officials welcomed the largest container ship to visit the Port of Wilmington. The Hanjin Baltimore, measuring 984 feet in length and 140 feet in width, is the first of many post-Panamax vessels to be served at the recently updated container port in North Carolina.
"Our state ports are an important asset for creating jobs and connecting North Carolinians to opportunities around the world," said Governor McCrory. "This important milestone shows our commitment to supporting our ports and overall economy is paying off and keeping North Carolina globally competitive."
Governor McCrory Celebrates Groundbreaking of U.S. 64 Bypass in Asheboro
Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision is also being fulfilled across the state through projects like the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass, which broke ground last week.
Governor McCrory and Secretary Nick Tennyson were joined by Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz and local representatives to celebrate the groundbreaking of the bypass, which includes the Zoo Connector.
The 16-mile bypass will relieve heavy traffic congestion and improve local access and safety along the existing highway, as well as enhance high-speed regional travel on the U.S. 64 corridor. The 1.8-mile Zoo Connector will improve access to the North Carolina Zoological Park, which is one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.
All Lanes Open on U.S. 321
Another example of how the Governor's Vision is being fulfilled can be seen in the western part of the state.
Travelers through Blowing Rock had an added reason to celebrate over July 4th. All lanes of U.S. 321 were opened to traffic in time for the holiday weekend.
While the contactor still has work to complete before the project is finished, this marks a major milestone for improving travel and safety along this important regional corridor.
In addition to construction, NCDOT is also responsible for keeping this highway system in good working order, and we need your help in notifying us of potholes and other concerns.
As part of these efforts, NCDOT recently launched a new webpage that explains what causes potholes, how crews fix them, and the state works to prevent them from happening in the first place.
The page also links to the "DOT Report" site that launched in January, which is a simple online pothole reporting system. More information, including a link to the reporting form, is available on the website.