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.
James H. Trogdon III Sworn in as Secretary of Transportation
James H. Trogdon III was sworn in on Monday as the state's Secretary of Transportation. Gov. Roy Cooper appointed him to the position in early January. Trogdon first joined NCDOT in 1985 as a highway engineer. In 2000, he was named the department's head engineer for Division 4, overseeing highway maintenance, construction and operations in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties.
After later working as director of strategic planning for the North Carolina General Assembly, Trogdon served as NCDOT's chief operating officer from 2009 until his retirement in 2013. He has held several positions in the private sector since retiring, and was most recently the national transportation director at the SAS Institute.
In addition to being a registered professional engineer, Trogdon is also a retired major general with more than three decades of military service.
Trogdon is a native of Hope Mills, and holds a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as two civil engineering degrees from North Carolina State University.
USDOT Picks N.C. Turnpike Authority for Driverless Car Testing Site
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated North Carolina as one of 10 pilot sites for the testing of automated vehicle technologies. The state's Turnpike Authority was selected from a competitive group of more than 60 applicants, including academic institutions, other state transportation departments and cities, as well as private entities and partnerships.
The Triangle Expressway's access to three Tier 1 research universities and the largest research park in North America make it an ideal location for this pilot program. National transportation officials say the sites chosen all have different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage various roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles.
For more information about N.C. Transportation Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660NCDOT.gov.
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