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.
Gold Star Highway Dedication
Portions of N.C. 24 are now known as the Gold Star Highway after a dedication ceremony on March 18th at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville.
The 165-mile gold star highway connects North Carolina's two largest military installations, Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, through Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, and Carteret Counties.
The Gold Star is a symbol that honors military families whose loved ones lost their lives serving our nation.
"My hope is that our citizens who travel, from this day forward on N.C. 24, and their families, will see these signs and reflect on the meaning of this sacrifice," said Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.
The NCDOT installed 12 signs along the highway, including signs in both directions of each county line, as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of North Carolina's Gold Star families.
2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants
The Department has awarded grants to 12 North Carolina municipalities and one county for bicycle and pedestrian planning.
The 2017 recipients include:
Columbus & Tryon
Misenheimer, New London & Richfield
The recipients can use the grants to implement strategies that expand facilities, programs, regulations and services in their communities.
Since 2003, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative has awarded over $4.5 million to encourage safe walking and cycling throughout North Carolina.
To learn more about the grants, visit the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation website.