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.
New Laws Affecting Vehicle Owners Go in to Effect July 1
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reminding moped owners that a new law requires them to carry liability insurance beginning July 1.
Another new law goes into effect July 1 that changes the late fee structure for all North Carolina vehicle registrations. Owners who fail to pay their annual registration by the expiration date will now be charged an initial late fee of $15. The fee increases to $20 after the first month, and to $25 dollars after two months.
DMV Encourages Drivers to Report Inaccurate Driving Records
DMV is encouraging North Carolina drivers who believe their driving record may contain inaccuracies or may not reflect court decisions made within the past year to contact the division as soon as possible. NCDMV recently discovered an error in its electronic reporting system and is working to research and identify inaccurate records.
Governor Pat McCrory Visits Morehead City; Announces Construction of the Gallants Channel Bridge is Ahead of Schedule
Governor Pat McCrory recently visited Morehead City to tour the State Port there and to survey progress on the new Gallants Channel Bridge project, which is replacing the existing drawbridge on U.S. 70 over Gallants Channel between Beaufort and Morehead City.
In addition to replacing the drawbridge, as part of the project NCDOT is widening U.S. 70 to four lanes, and adding a new bridge on Turner Street in Morehead City. These improvements will eliminate traffic delays due to bridge openings.
Governor McCrory announced that the improvements are on track to be completed year ahead of schedule.
He noted that the project will not only improve conditions for people travelling in and out of Morehead City, but it will also build on the state's progress to repair and enhance the infrastructure at our ports by providing important access to the Port of Morehead City, which is a vital economic engine.
North Carolina's ports support nearly 80,000 jobs across the state each year. The Port of Morehead City alone contributes nearly $1.1 billion to North Carolina's economy each year.
Under Governor McCrory's leadership, the 2015-17 budget invested $70 million to modernize and help expand our state's ports. The governor has also called for $35 million of this year's revenue surplus to be invested in critical infrastructure at our ports.
NCDOT Celebrates Newly Renovated Rest Areas on I-85 in Alamance County
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson helped celebrate two newly renovated rest areas on I-85 in Alamance County at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 6. N.C. Board of Transportation Member Cheryl McQueary and Jerrie Hall of the Textile Historical Museum at Glencoe joined Secretary Tennyson in welcoming visitors to the revamped rest areas.
The rest areas were designed to highlight the region's culture and natural beauty and integrate elements such as support beams that were salvaged from the Alamance Cotton Mill. The mill was the first industrial scale textile mill in Alamance County and became the first mill in the South to manufacture dyed cotton cloth.
Serving more than 1.3 million travelers in 2015, these rest areas are the second busiest in the state. The renovations reflect Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to improve transportation safety and promote tourism in North Carolina.