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This Week at NCDOT: NCDOT Wins National Award, REAL ID Implementation, Bridge Dedication in Watauga County



​*EDITORS NOTE* In the above video, the correct URL for N.C. REAL ID is​

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.

2024 Environmental Excellence Award

The Federal Highway Administration recently honored NCDOT with a 2024 Environmental Excellence Award for its advance flood warning system.

The system relies on computer modeling and stream gauges to help monitor more than 2,000 miles of state roads and almost 16,000 bridges and culverts statewide.   

The early-detection network enables NCDOT and its partners to better respond to hurricanes and other storms. It has been operational since 2022. 

Federal REAL ID Implementation

The federal REAL ID implementation date is now one year away. Having a REAL ID can make it more convenient if you fly commercially or visit federal, military, or nuclear facilities, but getting a REAL ID is completely optional. 

After May 7, 2025, you will still be able to fly and visit these facilities. You will just need to provide additional identification, along with your standard license or ID. 

More than 4.1 million North Carolinians have a REAL ID. If you decide you want one too, please visit for more information.

Sergeant Christopher D. Ward Bridge

NCDOT officials dedicated the U.S. 321 bridge over the Watauga River in Watauga County in honor of the late Sergeant Christopher Ward.  

The bridge will now be known as the Sergeant Christopher D. Ward Bridge, honoring the fallen Watauga County Sheriff's Office deputy and his sacrifice while on duty.  

Friends, family, and members of the Sugar Grove community gathered to pay tribute to Ward at the bridge dedication ceremony last week.

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​


5/10/2024 11:46 AM