Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the Department's weekly newscast.
Hurricane Irma Brings Down Trees, Power Lines in Western N.C.
More than 170 NCDOT employees from 17 counties in Western North Carolina responded to damage reports as the remnants of Hurricane Irma caused some minor damage in the area.
Heavy wind and rain left hundreds of downed trees in the mountain counties, as well as some power lines. Crews also responded to a few small mudslides.
NCDOT employees used chainsaws, large equipment vehicles, and even snowplows to clear debris, working with other state, federal and local agencies to respond to the storm.
Governor Cooper Tours Damage
On Sept. 13, Gov. Roy Cooper and NCDOT Chief Engineer Tim Little visited Jackson and Macon counties, which experienced the most damage from Irma. They met with first responders and viewed clean up efforts.
All roads are now back open, but NCDOT estimates it will take more than a thousand dump truck loads to get all the debris off the roadsides. That process should be complete in a few weeks.