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.
Transportation Crews Respond to Flooding and Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
With repairs underway from two record flooding events in the past two weeks, transportation personnel also spent this week preparing for Hurricane Matthew. They have made sure all equipment is operating properly and is in good working order, and that they have adequate supplies. Crews stand ready to respond as necessary to help the state's travelers stay safe.
Governor McCrory Launches New Initiative to Eliminate Deaths on NC Roadways
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson announced a new initiative that brings together multiple agencies and stakeholders to engineer safer roads, educate all road users, and enforce life-saving traffic laws with the goal of eliminating deaths on North Carolina's roadways. The immediate goal of NC Vision Zero is to cut roadway fatalities and serious injuries in half in the next 15 years, with a long-term target of zero deaths on North Carolina roadways.
Secretary Tennyson Highlights Manufacturing Week at Craven County Industrial Park
North Carolina is home to more than 10,000 manufacturers that employ over 461,000 North Carolinians, and since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina has added more than 300,000 net new jobs, including 19,800 manufacturing positions. In recognition of the critical role of manufacturing in North Carolina's economy, Governor McCrory has proclaimed Oct. 3 -7 as North Carolina Manufacturing Week. To highlight how the state is working with local communities to support the manufacturing industry, Secretary Tennyson visited the Craven County Industrial Park to tour manufacturing facilities and meet with economic development officials.
Governor McCrory recently announced that the park is one of three new magnet sites included in the expansion of Foreign Trade Zone 214 in southeastern North Carolina. This expansion will help make the area more attractive to businesses -particularly manufacturing facilities - and increase its competiveness in global trade, a key part of the governor's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina.
Students from Across the State Participate in Walk to School Day
On Oct. 5, students from across the state participated in International Walk to School Day - a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Secretary Tennyson joined nearly 200 students, parents and community members who walked to Conn Magnet Elementary School of Entrepreneurial Design in Raleigh, which hosted North Carolina's statewide celebration.
Walk to School Day helps raise awareness of the need to create and utilize safer routes for walking and cycling, while also emphasizing the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and environmental stewardship.