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.
North Carolina Highway Safety Symposium and "Booze It and Lose It" Campaign Kick Off
The Governor's Highway Safety Program hosted the annual North Carolina Highway Safety Symposium in Raleigh this week. The event provides local law enforcement officers from throughout the state valuable information from local and national experts on highway safety issues.
The symposium concluded with the kick off of the 2016 Labor Day Booze It and Lose It campaign on Friday, Aug. 19. The campaign's goal is to keep citizens safe on the state's roadways. It aligns closely with Governor Pat McCrory's NC Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate all traffic-related injuries and fatalities through strategic, coordinated efforts with public and private partners in traffic safety. The Booze It and Lose It campaign runs through Monday, Sept. 5.
New Currituck Ferry Terminal and Welcome Center Opens
State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board of Transportation member Malcolm Fearing and other state and local officials gathered in Currituck for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to celebrate the opening of the new Currituck Sound Ferry Terminal and Welcome Center. The new building replaces one built in 1985 and will serve the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route. The $2 million facility, 80 percent of which was paid for with a federal grant, was built by A.R. Chesson Construction Co. of Manteo and includes ferry division offices, public restrooms, a public meeting space, and an exhibit on the history and lifestyle of Currituck County.
Roberta Road Grade Separation Ribbon Cutting
Secretary Tennyson and other officials celebrated the completion of the Roberta Road Grade Separation Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Harrisburg on Thursday, Aug. 18. The project included construction of a new extension of Roberta Road from N.C. 49 to Stallings Road, known as Harrisburg Veterans Road, along with a bridge to carry the new extension over the railroad tracks to completely separate train and vehicle traffic.
Completion of the project allowed the department to close the at-grade crossings at Hickory Ridge Road and Robinson Church Road, eliminating the possibility of train-vehicle collisions.
The Roberta Road Grade Separation project is part of the department's effort to reduce vehicle-train collisions, improve safety, and reduce congestion along the rail corridor between Harrisburg and Charlotte, which is one of the busiest in the state. It also is one of about 30 projects that are now completed or underway through the Piedmont Improvement Program. Through the program, the department is investing more than $500 million in rail and highway improvements, including track, station and equipment upgrades, between Raleigh and Charlotte.
For more information about N.C. Transportation Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.