St. Patrick's Day Booze It and Lost It Campaign kicks off next week; March 6-12 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week
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.
Governor Pat McCrory Breaks Ground on Bonner Bridge
Governor Pat McCrory was joined by Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, local, state and federal government officials, and hundreds of local residents on Tuesday for a groundbreaking celebration for the Bonner Bridge replacement. The Bonner Bridge carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet and is the only highway link to the mainland from Hatteras Island for the people who live, work or visit the Outer Banks from throughout North Carolina and from around the world. The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in November 2018. The overall project, including the demolition of the existing bridge, is scheduled to complete in September 2019. More information on the groundbreaking and the bridge replacement can be found here.
St. Patrick's Day Booze It and Lose It Campaign
NCDOT and the Governor's Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement agencies across North Carolina, are partnering on a statewide St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign to actively seek out and arrest impaired drivers. The campaign begins March 16 and continues through March 20. During the 2015 St. Patrick's Day weekend in North Carolina, 11 people were killed in crashes. Four of the fatal crashes involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. More information can be found here.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
Since this is the time of year when unpredictable weather tends to affect our state, Governor Pat McCrory declared March 6-12 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He cautioned North Carolinians to prepare for severe weather and urged residents to have an emergency supplies kit in their home.
More information on tornadoes and overall emergency preparedness can be found in the ReadyNC mobile app and online at ReadyNC.org.