Hurricane season; Halifax County employees honored; new interstate routes receive numbers
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.
Hurricane Season is Officially Underway
While the Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, tropical weather got a head-start this year with Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie. Governor Pat McCrory reminds families to be proactive this hurricane season by updating their emergency plan and supply kits. He also encourages residents to review and update their homeowners' or renters' insurance policies now to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage, natural disasters and, if necessary, flood insurance.
More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness, including essential supplies and shelters, can be found on the ReadyNC mobile app and online here. Hurricane season runs through November.
Four Halifax County Employees Honored for Helping with a House Fire
At the Board of Transportation's monthly meeting this week, Secretary Nick Tennyson presented the department's Extra Mile Award to Teresa Skinner, Thomas Jernigan, David Griffies and Keith Hurdle. The four department of transportation employees work in Halifax County and recently demonstrated heroism when assisting during a house fire on N.C. 125. Thanks to their efforts, both the homeowner and his dog are safe.
U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass Opens to Traffic
In time for summer visitors heading to the coast, Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary Tennyson joined other state and local representatives on May 27 to open the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. The 20-mile bypass will provide greater access to key destinations along the U.S. 70 corridor, including Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the State Port in Morehead City, and the Global TransPark in Kinston, as well as North Carolina's Crystal Coast. The project will also improve connections to Interstate 95.
The new bypass is a major part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
Governor McCrory applauded the bypass, saying that it "is a great example of what we are working to accomplish throughout the state, relieving the bottlenecks that are not just an obstacle to efficient travel, but also to increased prosperity and improved quality of life."
Route Numbers Approved for Two New Interstates
North Carolina has received approval for the numbers of two future interstate route designations in the eastern part of the state. The American Association of State and Transportation Officials has approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 Corridor between I-40 and Morehead City, which includes the Goldsboro Bypass, and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 between Raleigh and the Virginia state line.
Governor McCrory worked with North Carolina's congressional delegation to attain these future interstate designations, which will bring much-needed interstate corridors to the Hampton Roads area and eastern North Carolina, stronger connections between our important military bases, and enhance economic development through faster shipment of freight to and from our ports and Global TransPark. With the route designations, the department may now move forward with determining where and when “Future I-42” and “Future I-87” signs should be installed.