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This Week at NCDOT: CASSI Launch, Litter Sweep and Cleaning Up North Carolina



RA​LEIGH – 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.

CASSI Launches at Wright Brothers National Memorial

The site of the first successful flight now boasts another first. The National Park Service and NCDOT  announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind electric, self-driving public transit shuttle at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This marks the first trial of a self-driving vehicle at a recreational public lands site in the country. The Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation, or CASSI, will remain at the location for a three-month trial program. 

NCDOT and the National Park Service hope that testing the shuttle at a national park will help them learn more about how driverless vehicles can safely and effectively be used in the future.

Litter Sweep Ending, Clean Up Continues

As the Spring Litter Sweep wraps up on April 24, NCDOT, contract crews and volunteers plan to keep cleaning up North Carolina.

Since the beginning of this year, more than 4 million pounds of litter has been cleaned up from state-maintained roadsides, which shows how much trash is illegally being thrown out of vehicles or falling out of unsecured loads on vehicles.

While the litter sweep happens twice a year, NCDOT encourages residents to sign up for Sponsor-A-Highway, which allows businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor litter removal along roadsides. There’s also the Adopt-A-Highway program, with more than 120,000 participants, where volunteers pledge to clean a section of our highways at least four times a year.

Litter is unsightly, costs millions of dollars to clean up and can hurt the environment, tourism and the state’s quality of life. Everyone should do their part by:

  • Securing their loads before driving;

  • Holding onto trash until it can be disposed of properly; and

  • Recycling when possible.

NCDOT Officials Clean Up Across the State

Recently, several NCDOT officials joined forces with local leaders to clean up roadsides in separate areas of North Carolina.

Just this week, Transportation Sec. Eric Boyette joined staff and local and state officials to pick up trash along College Road in Wilmington. On the other side of the state, Board of Transportation Member Tony Lathrop and NCDOT’s Division 10 Maintenance and Roadside Environmental units cleaned up a section of Monroe Road in east Charlotte.​


4/30/2021 8:58 AM