Staying Safe in the Heat
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.
Staying Safety in the Heat
The health and safety of our employees is always a priority, but with the heat index reaching the triple digits at times, it is an even greater emphasis this time of year. Many of the department's employees spend their work day outside taking care of and improving the state's transportation system. Whether they are filling potholes, cleaning ditches, surveying land or overseeing a construction project, these employees must take extra precautions during hot weather.
One way they do this is to shift their hours to begin work earlier, typically around 7 a.m. This puts more of the workday in the morning when it is cooler. And, if possible, heavier manual tasks are also scheduled during the cooler morning hours. Employees are encouraged stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeinated drinks, as well as wearing sunglasses and sunscreen for eye and skin protection. Employees also are encouraged to take shorter, more frequent breaks during hot weather and to look out for each other.
New Provision Makes Online License Renewal More Convenient
The Division of Motor Vehicles hopes that a new provision will encourage more customers to renew online, helping to reduce wait times at DMV offices for everyone. While many customers have already chosen to renew their license online, some still needed to go into the office because the online receipt was not valid for driving purposes. However, that changed recently with passage of a new provision that allows the online receipt to serve as a Temporary Driving Certificate that can be used for 60 days from the date of issuance.
In addition to being valid for driving privileges, the certificate can now be used as identification for other business with DMV, as long as it is accompanied by an expired state-issued driver license. This is one of a number of customer services improvements that DMV has implemented as part of Gov. McCrory's "Driving Change" initiative. Go here to see all of the DMV services that are now offered online.
State Officials Take Special Tour of Track Improvements
Earlier this week, State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and Commerce Secretary John Skvarla had a special opportunity to inspect the railroad construction in progress between Raleigh and Charlotte as part of NCDOT's Piedmont Improvement Program from onboard Amtrak's American View rail car. The rail car provides a theater-style, full window view of the rail and highway improvements and how they fit within the state's overall transportation system.
When construction is complete, the Piedmont Improvement Program will help provide a safer, more efficient and convenient connection for both people and freight to places around North Carolina and beyond. This is a key part of Governor Pat McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina.