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
Governor Pat McCrory Unveils Future Interstate Sign for U.S. 70
Governor Pat McCrory was joined by Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Secretary Nick Tennyson and members of the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission, as well as other state and local leaders to unveil a "Future Interstate" sign on U.S. 70 in Goldsboro, marking the importance of the interstate designation to eastern North Carolina. This designation, along with the interstate designation for U.S. 64/17, figures prominently into Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation. Improving the U.S. 70 corridor will enhance regional mobility and military connections, as well as facilitate better freight movement to and from the Global TransPark and the state port at Morehead City.
Ford Driving Skills for Life Event Aims to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among American teenagers. That's why the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program teamed up with the national Governor's Highway Safety Association and the Ford Driving Skills for Life to bring this special teen driver training program to Raleigh this week. The program is dedicated to providing young and inexperienced drivers with the training and tools they need to stay safe behind the wheel. Sessions focus on equipping teens with new skills in six key areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space and speed management, and distracted and impaired driving. The program also encourages parents to be more engaged with their children before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle without supervision.
NCDOT Celebrates New Rest Area in Haywood County with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
NCDOT held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to celebrate the opening of a new rest area along U.S. 23/74 near Balsam in Haywood County. The new facility provides sufficient parking for the growing numbers of travelers along this route, including long vehicles and trucks. It also offers a picnic tables, a water feature and landscaping that utilizes native stone. The existing eastbound facility is now undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen in June.
NCDOT contracted with Buchanan and Sons Inc. from Whittier on the $6.15 million project to complete both rest areas. Not only do rest areas offer drivers comfort and convenience, they also play an important role in the safety of our highways by providing a safe off-road location for motorists to rest, change drivers, address mechanical issues and other situations that may arise on the roadway. In addition to this new facility, North Carolina has 60 rest areas on interstate and primary routes that serve 25 million visitors each year.