skip to main
Close Menu

This Week at NCDOT: Traffic Volumes Increasing, Ocracoke Express Resumes, Vote for NC Bridge in Photo Contest



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.

Traffic Increasing Again Across the State

Even though the ‘Safer at Home’ order continues in North Carolina, more drivers across the state are going places.

The NCDOT continues to track traffic volumes in multiple cities, including Cary, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. While the amount of traffic is still below average overall, more people are driving this month compared to previous weeks.

Despite the number of drivers, it is still important to:

  • Buckle up;

  • Obey the posted speed limit; and

  • Don't drive distracted.

Get more safety tips on the department’s website,

Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry Resumes Service

The passenger ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke is running again after the final approval of Senate Bill 750. The bill includes up to $1.1 million to lease and operate the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry through Sept. 10. 

The service was a popular transportation option during its inaugural season last summer. Since the service started again July 3, hundreds of people have used the passenger ferry.

The Ocracoke Express makes three daily round trips between Hatteras and the Silver Lake Terminal in Ocracoke Village. For the full schedule, go to

NC Bridge Needs Your Vote in Photo Contest

​Finally, you can help North Carolina get some recognition! A photo of the Marc Basnight Bridge is a contender in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Viewer’s Choice Contest. Your vote could help boost the bridge’s chance to win this prestigious competition. Voting is open throughout August.


7/10/2020 8:56 AM