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 below.
Great Trails State Guide
NCDOT and the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation recently released the Great Trails State guide, which showcases a sampling of North Carolina's best hiking, biking and paddle trails in each region of the state. The trails were selected based on input from North Carolina residents and visitors.
NCDOT Employee Receives Design-Build Leadership Award
For the second year in a row, the Design Build Institute of America has recognized NCDOT for its leadership in what the Institute calls "Design Build Done Right." Each year, the institute gives awards in several categories. Rodger Rochelle, who oversees NCDOT's design-build program, was honored as this year's individual leader in the public sector for his leadership in developing and expanding the department's use of design-build in the delivery of transportation projects. The design-build approach allows NCDOT to combine design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. This approach allows for innovations, cost savings and quicker delivery times. NCDOT also received the Owner of the Year Award from the institute last year for its advancement of alternative project delivery.
Statewide Bridge Building Competition Winners Announced
Students from Thales Academy Middle School in Rolesville and Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest, both in Wake County, took home top honors in the department's annual Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition on April 15. In addition to the recognition, the teams also received $500 checks for their schools.
The competition is sponsored by NCDOT and the Carolinas Associated General Contractors to encourage students to develop math and science skills. Students work in teams, allowing them to also demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, communication and research skills. The teams were judged in four categories: written report, oral presentation, design drawing and model efficiency. The two groups have hosted the event annually since 2000.