Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in N.C. Transportation Now, the department's weekly newscast.
North Carolina Ports Continues Infrastructure Investments
North Carolina Ports continues to invest in infrastructure improvements to expand capacity and increase the speed and efficiency of loading and unloading vessels. Most recently, the agency ordered two New Panamax ship-to-shore cranes for the Port of Wilmington with the option to purchase two more. The new cranes are expected to arrive in the spring of 2018. This means that the Port will potentially feature a total of 10 container cranes operating over a 2,650-foot New Panamax container berth complex.
Other improvements at the Port of Wilmington include expansion of the turning basin, berth upgrades, and expansion of the container yard. The additional cranes and berth work will provide more opportunities for growth and greater flexibility to meet customer demands. North Carolina's ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state's consumers, businesses and industry to world markets. Port activities contribute statewide to 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.
Contract Awarded for Rodanthe Bridge Project
NCDOT has awarded a design-build contract to construct a bridge along N.C. 12 at Rodanthe as a long-term solution to keep the highway open through an area that is prone to severe storm damage. The contract was awarded to the design-build team of Flatiron Constructors Inc., who submitted a bid of $145.3 million. The 2.4-mile-long bridge, known as a "jug handle", will extend from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe.
NCDOT Annual Customer Service Survey Extended Until Jan. 31
Lastly, the department has extended the deadline for citizens to participate in its second annual customer survey until Jan. 31. All citizen feedback will be collected online at the survey website: go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and is mobile-friendly.
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.