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
Ferry Crew Recognized by U.S. Coast Guard
At the N.C. Board of Transportation's on March 3, Commander John Dittmar, Chief of Sector North Carolina's Prevention Department presented the Meritorious Public Service Award to the Ferry Division's crew of the Motor Vessel Silver Lake who rescued two people whose boat capsized on Aug. 29, 2015.
The ferry crew members receiving this special recognition were: Mark A. Piner, Gerry Gillikin, David P. Styron, Randy K. Willis, Daniel Smith and Simon Robinette.
Governor Pat McCrory Announces $50 Million for Highway Safety Improvements
Governor Pat McCrory announced on March 2 that $50 million will be dedicated to improving highway safety and reducing the number of traffic accidents throughout North Carolina.
NCDOT will distribute $1 million to each of the department's 14 Transportation Divisions and the remaining $36 million will be targeted to combat safety hazards across the state using a data-driven process.
Improvements supported by these funds include: improving railroad crossings, reducing run-off-the-road crashes, straightening curves and installing traffic signals.
For more information on N.C. Transportation Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on
NCDOT's online newsroom.