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.
Bonner Bridge Construction Milestone Reached
Construction of the Bonner Bridge replacement reached a milestone this week as crews drove the first of 673 pilings that will form part of the foundation. The pilings range in length from 110 feet to 130 feet and are made of concrete. Governor Pat McCrory officially broke ground on the new bridge on March 8, and applauded this milestone: "As we lay the foundation of the new Bonner Bridge, we are one step closer to providing a much-needed lifeline between the Outer Banks and mainland North Carolina," he said. "This is a great day for the people of the Outer Banks and all of North Carolina as we take a significant step toward better connecting our citizens to jobs, healthcare and recreation."
The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in Fall 2018.
Construction Progresses on N.C. 12 Pea Island Interim Bridge
A little further south on N.C. 12, work is also progressing on the Pea Island Interim Bridge. The interim bridge is being constructed with concrete and will replace the temporary metal bridge that was constructed in 2011 following a breach caused by Hurricane Irene.
Work Zone Safety Reminder
About 600 construction projects are currently underway across North Carolina. Even when workers are not present in these work zones, drivers should expect narrowed or closed lanes, traffic shifts and reduced speed limits, as well as other conditions that might affect normal travel. Last year, 19 people died in work zone crashes in North Carolina -three workers and 16 motorists. That's why NCDOT is reminding motorists to: Drive smart. Do your part. Slow down, stay alert and expect the unexpected in work zones.
NC By Train Offers Special Stop for Memorial Day Parade in Thomasville
The city of Thomasville is known as "Chair City" and boasts the "World's Largest Chair," which is a symbol of the city's furniture heritage. Thomasville is also home to the Southeast's largest Memorial Day parade. This Memorial Day, NC By Train, North Carolina's passenger rail service, is proud to partner with the city of Thomasville to salute our veterans and military branches by offering special stops in downtown Thomasville for parade attendees.
Tickets are on sale now and a special 15 percent discount is being offered to veterans, as well as active military members on both the Carolinian and Piedmont trains.
These special stops offer attendees the most convenient way to travel to the parade, and will arrive in plenty of time for the 10 a.m. parade start. Governor Pat McCrory will serve as the parade's grand marshal. After the parade, attendees can enjoy free food and watch paratroopers arrive at Thomasville Stadium.