Southeast Rail Forum held in Charlotte; Winston-Salem residents help rename Business 40
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.
March 18 marks Arbor Day in North Carolina. While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, North Carolina -- and many other states -- observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on the best tree planting times in their area. Last year, NCDOT planted nearly 78,000 trees across the state. Trees are planted for several reasons: to prevent erosion on hillsides and along streams; to replace trees that were removed for construction; and to landscape our highways.
Winston-Salem Residents Help Rename Business 40
We recently asked Winston-Salem residents to submit suggestions for a new name for Business 40 when an upcoming improvement project is completed. They responded by submitting nearly 1,900 names. The Selection Committee has narrowed the list of submitted names down to four finalists: Golden Leaf Parkway; Innovation Highway; Piedmont Corridor and Salem Parkway. Voting on the winning name began March 15 and ends June 15. Visit the project's webpage at business40nc.com for information on how to vote.
2016 Southeast Rail Forum
Secretary Nick Tennyson joined federal and state transportation leaders at the 2016 Southeast Rail Forum in Charlotte this week. The forum brought together representatives from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, as well as the District of Columbia to talk about a variety of topics related to high-performance passenger, intermodal and freight rail. The states are collaborating and taking part in a federally led regional study to improve passenger rail along the Southeast Rail Corridor from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia.