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, NCDOT Now.
Secretary Jim Trogdon Tours Hurricane Matthew Damage and Repairs
Secretary Jim Trogdon was in Harnett County this week to tour remaining Hurricane Matthew damage and repairs. At the height of the storm, over 600 roads were closed in central and eastern North Carolina. As of this week, that number was down to about 100.
The repairs that still need to be completed require substantial work, such as installing specially ordered large pipes or replacing damaged bridges. Secretary Trogdon has charged the department with opening as many roads as possible by March 1. In many cases this means making temporary fixes until the materials or contracts are in place for permanent repairs.
Construction of Raleigh Union Station Halfway Complete
In other news, construction is about 50 percent complete on the Raleigh Union Station project, which will bring a multi-modal facility to downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District. NCDOT and the City of Raleigh are working together to replace the existing passenger train station, which is one of the busiest in the Southeast. The new facility will also accommodate commuter rail, buses, taxis and bicycles.
Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2017. The station is expected to be fully operational by early 2018.
This project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, a more than half-a-billion-dollar investment by NCDOT to help increase railroad capacity, efficiency and safety on the railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte