RALEIGH – Earlier today, N.C. Department of Transportation officials joined the N.C. State Highway Patrol to officially open the Traffic Incident Management Training and Development Track in Raleigh, a closed half-mile course that helps first responders safely train for real events that happen on North Carolina’s highways every day. Though the track has been in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, this morning’s occasion celebrated this achievement in person.
One recurring theme throughout today’s event focused on partnership, included in remarks from NCSHP Colonel Freddy Johnson, Jr. “This grand opening is a testament to the strong partnership we have shared between our agencies over the years. I am appreciative for our work together and for what we will do as we move forward, “Johnson said.
NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette reminded attendees of how the Incident Management Assistance Program (IMAP) got its start back in the 1960s, when roadside assistance was first provided along 21 miles of interstate through the Pigeon River Gorge. Over time, the program has grown to currently cover more than 850 miles of highway in North Carolina.
“NCDOT’s partnership with State Highway Patrol is vital to provide a safe, reliable road network for North Carolinians and our visitors,” Boyette said. “We will continue working together to improve safety on our roadways.”
Once the ribbon was cut to commemorate the official opening, attendees were treated to a multi-agency demonstration including NCDOT, NCSHP, and first responders. Crews took part in scenarios involving one and two vehicles, demonstrating the value of the partnerships needed to clear the road safely and quickly.
Participating agencies include:
Note: See a video of today’s event and additional photos will be posted on NCDOT’s Flickr page.
- Garner Fire Department
- Apex Police Department
- Fuquay-Varina Police Department
- Wake County EMS
- Wayne Lee Towing
- Barbour Towing & Truck Repair