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This Week at NCDOT: Change in Time Means Change in Driving Conditions

Winston-Salem area projects accelerated; Greenville Southwest Bypass under construction

Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast N.C. Transportation Now.

End of Daylight Saving Time Means Drivers Need to be Alert

Daylight saving time came to an end this week, and that means that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to pay extra attention to the change in traveling conditions. The late afternoon and early evening commutes now take place at dusk or in darkness, which according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is when traffic fatalities are three times more likely to take place. Below are tips to help keep you and others safe.

For drivers:

  • Protect your eyes from sun and headlight glare;
  • Wipe off your headlights and keep your windshield clean inside and out;
  • Slow down; and
  • Look for pedestrians, bicyclists, and deer along the roadway, and remember deer are more active at night.

For cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing, ideally with fluorescent or reflective gear;
  • Starting Dec. 1, state law requires cyclists riding between sunset and sunrise to have a light on the front of their bike that can be seen at least 100 yards away, and to have a red lamp or mirror on the back of their bike; and
  • Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles. You are much more visible using the crosswalk.

NCDOT Celebrates Construction of Greenville Southwest Bypass

Construction is underway on the new U.S. 264 Greenville Southwest Bypass in Pitt County. Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board of Transportation members Ferrell Blount and Hugh Overholt, and Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas celebrated this milestone at an event in Greenville.

The Southwest Bypass will provide a direct connection between residential areas and commerce centers in Pitt County, and helps fulfill Governor Pat McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina by better connecting people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation.

The 12.6-mile, four-lane freeway begins just south of Ayden on N.C. 11. It will wrap around the west side of Ayden and Winterville and end at the U.S. 264 Bypass west of Greenville. The new route will relieve congestion and improve safety in Greenville, especially on Memorial Drive and Stantonsburg Road. It also will boost the local economy by improving travel time along the U.S. 264/N.C. 11 corridor.

The project is being constructed using a method called "design-build," which allows all aspects of a project, from design through construction, to take place at the same time under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, among other benefits. Construction began in September and is expected to be completed by June 2019.

Design-Build Contracts Will Accelerate Delivery of Winston-Salem Area Projects

Secretary Tennyson also announced this week that through the use of the design-build contract method, the department is accelerating several sections of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway by up to four years. In addition, a project to widen and improve I-40 from Davie County into Forsyth County, including replacing bridges over the Yadkin River, is being accelerated by seven months.

These projects will relieve congestion, enhance safety, support economic development and improve mobility throughout the Triad and the state. They were funded through the Strategic Transportation Investments funding formula.

***NCDOT***

4/16/2018 4:30 PM

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