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This Week at NCDOT: Officer Mia Goodwin Bridge Dedication, Governor Cooper Rides the Train, Thanksgiving Travel


​​​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.

Officer Mia Goodwin Bridge Dedication 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation joined state and local officials, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to remember Officer Mia Goodwin, a six-year veteran who died in the line of duty on December 22, 2021. 

The bridge on W.T. Harris Boulevard over Interstate 85 was named the “Officer Mia Goodwin Bridge” in her honor. 

Just days after returning from maternity leave, Officer Goodwin died while assisting with traffic control from an earlier crash when she was hit by another vehicle. She was the first female officer in C-M-P-D’s history to die in the line of duty.

Governor Cooper Rides The Train

Gov. Roy Cooper along with Transportation Secretary Joey Hopkins, NCDOT and Amtrak staff rode NC By Train November 17 to celebrate the success of the state’s intercity passenger rail service and continued efforts to expand service in North Carolina.  

In October, NC By Train had its best ridership month ever in its 33-year history.  So far this year, NC By Train is on pace to exceed ridership numbers from last year’s record-breaking year.  

In addition to the current service, NCDOT’s Rail Division has applied for federal funding for projects to expand passenger rail service in other areas of the state. 

For more information, visit the Rail Division’s web page at and for tickets, schedules and more visit

Thanksgiving Travel & Click It or Ticket 

NCDOT is suspending most construction activity along major highways to keep lanes open for holiday travel.  

Most work along interstates, U.S. and key state routes is suspended through the evening of Nov. 27. One notable exception is lane closures that will remain in place in Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line.  

Before you hit the road, be sure to visit for the most up-to-date traffic information.  

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is also launching its annual Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement is stepping up patrols and check points to catch people speeding, driving while impaired and not wearing their seat belts. 
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on


11/22/2023 8:55 AM