New Third Street Bridge opens in Wilmington; Governor Pat McCrory urges North Carolinians to prepare for hurricanes; Memorial Day travel tips
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.
May 15-21 is National Transportation Week
This week is National Transportation Week in recognition of the importance of our nation's transportation infrastructure, and of the men and women who build, operate, maintain and utilize it. During this week, we reflect on the key role transportation infrastructure has played in shaping our economy and our everyday lives.
Recognizing that infrastructure is the foundation of a strong economy, Governor Pat McCrory took the politics out of transportation decision-making and replaced it with a vision that will spur economic growth. The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory paved the way to the largest increase in transportation investment in North Carolina in more than 25 years. Governor McCrory has also called for the General Assembly to invest more than $120 million of the $330 million projected revenue surplus in our State's ports and airports and in a reserve to help support a future transportation bond of more than $1 billion. This increased funding will allow NCDOT to make the state's highways and bridges safer, as well as better connect our citizens to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.
Governor McCrory Unveils New Third Street Bridge in Wilmington
On Monday, Governor McCrory joined Secretary Nick Tennyson and the Wilmington community to celebrate the newly completed Third Street Bridge, a gateway into downtown Wilmington. The bridge replaces the original one that was built in 1920. In addition to sidewalks for pedestrians, the bridge also accommodates bicyclists and incorporates design features that include stone-faced walls, stamped sidewalks, decorative crosswalks and decorative lighting to tie in with a recently completed streetscape project.
Memorial Day Travel Tips
NCDOT is helping Memorial Day travelers have a smoother trip. Most construction projects will be put on hold along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, until midnight, on Monday, May 30. There are a few exceptions where closures must remain in place, including I-85 between Henderson and the Virginia state line. Due to construction on the northbound lanes, all traffic along two five-mile stretches is in a two-lane, two-way pattern in the southbound lanes. Motorists traveling through this area should anticipate travel delays.
Use these tips for navigating the highways safely during the Memorial Day weekend:
Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones;
Be patient and obey the posted speed limit;
Use alternate routes when possible to avoid traffic congestion; and
Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 5-1-1.
The Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" campaign begins May 23 and runs through June 5. Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide and will cite people who are not buckled up, so don’t forget: Buckle up. Every seat, every time.