Spring Litter Sweep Promoted; State's 60th Scenic Byway Announced
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
New Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign Launched
Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed April 11-15 Work Zone Safety Awareness Week as part of Work Zone Safety Awareness Month in North Carolina. To kick off the week, NCDOT and the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program launched a new
work zone safety awareness campaign with the message: "Do Your Part and Drive Smart. Slow Down. Don't Drive Distracted." NCDOT currently has about 600 active construction zones that motorists may encounter throughout the state, not including maintenance and utility work zones for pothole or utility line repairs, roadside landscaping, and other activities that may be taking place on any road on any given day.
Last year, there were 4,635 work zone crashes in North Carolina-resulting in 19 fatalities and 2,475 people injured. Of the 19 fatalities, three were workers and 16 were motorists. More than half of all work zone crashes were attributed to speeding and driver inattention.
Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers and NCDOT Promote Litter Sweep
Hundreds of volunteers from across North Carolina are gearing up for some spring cleaning -outdoors as NCDOT's Adopt-A-Highway Program gets ready for its Spring Litter Sweep, which begins April 16. Not only do volunteers help keep North Carolina's roadways clean throughout the year, they also participate in litter sweeps, which are held over a two-week period in the spring and fall each year. The sweeps serve as a call to action to get more people involved in helping clean our roadsides and raising awareness of the importance of litter prevention. The
Adopt-A-Highway Program was established in 1988 to decrease the amount of litter on the state's roadsides and improve environmental beauty and quality. Roadsides are available for adoption in all 100 North Carolina counties.
NCDOT Announces Newest Scenic Byway
A secluded stretch of Ashe County became North Carolina's 60th Scenic Byway last week at the monthly N.C. Board of Transportation meeting. The Big Horse Creek Scenic Byway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains following part of the North Fork of the New River and Big Horse Creek. The 18-mile route begins at N.C. 194 in Warrensville and ends at the North Carolina-Virginia border, passing nearby nature destinations such as Pond Mountain and the Cherokee National Forest. As part of the new designation, the route will be marked by official NCDOT Scenic Byway signs and included in the next edition of the department's nationally distributed
Scenic Byways Guide. North Carolina has nearly 2,300 miles of Scenic Byways, three of which are designated as National Scenic Byways. These routes are carefully selected to embody the state's diverse beauty and culture and provide travelers with a safe and interesting alternate route.