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.
NCDOT Responds to Flooding in Northeastern NC
The remnants of Tropical Storm Julia dumped more than a foot of rain in parts of northeastern North Carolina late last week. Numerous roads were closed, and transportation employees worked throughout the event to place barricades and reopen roads as soon as it was safe. Several roads remain closed for additional repairs, which crews are working to complete as soon as possible.
Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary Nick Tennyson visited Bertie County, which had the worst flooding, to assess the damage firsthand and determine how the state could help communities recover.
NCDOT Employee Recognized with Governor's Award for Excellence for Heroism
In August 2015, Mozingo was performing what started out as a routine inspection of a job site when he heard the squealing of tires. He then saw a vehicle run off the side of the road and crash into a farm pond, coming to rest 30 to 40 feet into the water.
The driver managed to get out of the car, but was struggling and shouting for help because he could not swim. Mozingo jumped into the pond, and after a heroic effort, was able to rescue the driver.
Because of his actions that day, Mozingo was honored this week at The Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Safety and Heroism category. An Award of Excellence is the highest honor a state employee can receive. The awards are given annually in seven categories.
Now that the kids are back in school, temperatures are falling and the days are getting shorter, the annual transition to off-season schedules is underway for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual schedule changes will occur on four of the ferry system's seven routes: Swan Quarter-Ocracoke; Cedar Island-Ocracoke; Southport-Fort Fisher; and Hatteras-Ocracoke.
For the full ferry schedule, go to ncdot.gov/ferry.