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Rep. Tim Moore named Speaker Designee

November 23, 2014 – 10:52 am

Asheboro, NC – On Saturday, the North Carolina House Republican Caucus voted to elect their leaders for the next biennium session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Rep. Tim Moore was elected to be the …

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Veterans, Newcomers Eager for 2015 to Start; PRN Offers Unprecedented Access to Media Tour

January 27, 2015 – 10:11 pm

There wasn't much room to spare as NASCAR's most captivating team, Stewart-Haas Racing, made its way to the stage during the second day of the 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom.

Governor McCrory applauds step toward offshore energy exploration

January 27, 2015 – 5:53 pm

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the OCS Governors Coalition, applauded President Barack Obama’s Interior Department for advancing an oil and gas leasing program that could include development opportunities in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.

 

Governor McCrory Joins Local Mayors, Google Executives for Google Fiber Announcement

January 27, 2015 – 2:32 pm

 

Raleigh, N.C. - Today, Governor Pat McCrory, alongside Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Durham Mayor Bill Bell and director of Google Fiber Michael Slinger announced that Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle and Charlotte metropolitan areas. Also in attendance were officials from Google Fiber expansion cities of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Garner and Morrisville.

 

North Carolina unemployment rate falls to the lowest in more than six years

January 27, 2015 – 11:29 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent in December, adding more than 15,000 jobs over the month and 191,800 since the governor took office:

 

NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

January 27, 2015 – 5:06 am
NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation is now
accepting applications from communitiesinterested in participating in the Watch for Me NC campaign.
Watch for Me NC is a
nationally-recognized bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and enforcement
program. The campaign follows a comprehensive and data-driven approach to
increasing public awareness and expanding local law enforcement capacity to
improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The campaign is led by local partners with technical support
and safety materials provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research
Center. Watch for Me NC expanded into a statewide campaign in 2014 after a
successful pilot program in the Triangle region in 2012-2013. The 2015 campaign
is supported by the NCDOT Governor’s
Highway Safety Program.

The campaign, now in its fourth year, is seeking new partner
communities in North Carolina as part of an effort to expand statewide.
Communities interested in joining the campaign can learn more about the program
or can download an application at www.watchformenc.org/about/participate.
Applications will be due on March 27, 2015.

Selected partners receive free law enforcement training and
safety materials to support their local efforts. Safety materials include
bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers and banners. The campaign
also educates the public through paid advertising such as billboards and radio
public service announcements. Applicants must demonstrate support from local
law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police and are
encouraged to work with other partners in their region.

NCDOT also is hosting two applicant webinars in February to
better inform communities about the campaign and what it requires of partner
communities. To register for a webinar (which both cover the same information),
go to:

·        
10 am, February 12: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2362626551695172865

·        
1 pm, February 24: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/747208675066347265

Prior Watch for Me NC partners are encouraged to continue
involvement in 2015. Those partners will have to submit an abbreviated
application showing their commitment to meeting the full intent of the program
and letter(s) of support from respective law enforcement agencies.

“Watch for Me NC is a unique resource for communities
interested in making measurable improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The combination of expanded law enforcement, strategic public education, and
popular safety items all contribute to its success,” says Lauren Blackburn,
Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

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NASCAR Talks Technology; Gibbs Welcomes Edwards; Speedway Rolls Out All-Star Entertainment

January 26, 2015 – 11:41 pm

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Rayovac presents Little Big Town Pre-Race Concert Kicking Off NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday, May 16

January 26, 2015 – 9:00 pm

The biggest all-star event in sports will host a pre-race concert with one of the biggest bands in country music as Little Big Town will get the crowd revved up before the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16.

Governor McCrory Announces 24th District Judicial Appointment

January 23, 2015 – 2:46 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that Rebecca Eggers-Gryder has been appointed District Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District. Eggers-Gryder will fill the vacancy created by the governor’s appointment of former Chief District Court Judge Gregory Horne to the Superior Court bench in December 2014.

 

Governor Calls on NCDOT to Consider All Options for I-485

January 23, 2015 – 12:36 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – As part of continued customer focus and enhancement of North Carolina’s infrastructure, Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will meet with local leaders and transportation officials to consider all options for a recently widened section of I-485 in Charlotte.

 

Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

January 23, 2015 – 12:12 pm
Fortify Friday:  The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

Raleigh— As work winds down on the I-440 section of the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project and continues to ramp up I-40, NCDOT and community partners are continuing to urge drivers to consider alternate ways to commute and are sharing tips to help make a change.

For a full list of options, visit fortifync.com.

In addition to the Triangle Transit’s new Fortify express routes, carpooling, and telecommuting, some motorists may consider cycling!

Cycling to work can save time and money and provide great exercise. By consulting local government websites before your ride, you can ensure that you find the more bicycle-friendly roads and paths along your route to work. If you are already an avid cyclist or are just learning, there are plenty of resources available to help you to make sure your commute to work is enjoyable and safe.

GoTriangle is a partnership of public transportation agencies and organizations funded to promote commuter benefits in the Triangle. The purpose of the GoTriangle.org website is to help people easily find all the information they need to get out from behind the steering wheel and find other travel options that are safe, convenient, inexpensive, more sustainable.

Watch for Me NC is a comprehensive program run by the N.C. Department of Transportation in partnership with local communities, aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles. By following these safety tips from Watch for Me NC you are destined to have a safe, healthy, and fun daily ride to work.
• Wear a helmet. It could save your life.
• Use a light and reflectors when bicycling at night, and be as visible as possible.
• Ride in the direction of traffic. Drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way.
• Obey all signs and signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
• Use all of your senses – watch and listen for cars, particularly at intersections and drive ways.
• Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding.
Project Update:   Motorists traveling the I-440 West section of the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild project may have noticed that, in certain segments, three lanes are now open to traffic.  And if the weather cooperates over the weekend, crews will continue to open additional three-lane stretches.

As of today, the three-lane pattern is now in effect on I-440 West from the Poole Road off ramp to the end of the project near Crabtree Creek. 

Meanwhile, crews continue to work on the I-440 East portion of the project, which is expected to open a few weeks after the three-lane traffic pattern is in operation on the west side.

A quick note:  Even though the third travel lane will soon be reopened for both I-440 East and West, that doesn’t mean work there is done.   There is still some ramp work scheduled for February and later in the Spring, the contractor plans to put down the final layer of pavement in both directions to smooth any transitions between the roadway and bridges.  They’ll also put down the final lane striping. 
As for Fortify’s I-40 section, crews are widening the shoulders, which will eventually be used as travel lanes.   They are also widening bridges.
 
For more information on the Fortify project, visit www.fortifyNC.com.

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NCDOT to Perform Web Services Upgrade Sunday

January 23, 2015 – 12:02 pm
NCDOT to Perform Web Services Upgrade Sunday

The State Office of Information Technology Services will upgrade the NCDOT Network and Security infrastructure, starting at 4 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. During the upgrade, all NCDOT-related web pages and online services will not be available. They include …

Governor McCrory Efficiency Program Will Save Taxpayers $30 Million

January 23, 2015 – 11:10 am

Raleigh, N.C. – One of Governor Pat McCrory’s top efficiency initiatives, North Carolina’s Procurement Transformation Project, is saving the state an estimated $32 million over the course of three years on four major state contracts.

 

“My administration is committed to bringing the best practices of the private sector to government,” said Governor McCrory. “With these fundamental state contract reforms, we’ve turned ideas into action – saving North Carolina’s taxpayers tens of millions of dollars already with more to come.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway Recognized by North Carolina Motorsports Association For Contributions of STEM Program

January 23, 2015 – 10:30 am

Charlotte Motor Speedway was recognized Wednesday by the North Carolina Motorsports Association for contributions to the community through its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-based educational field trip program.

Governor McCrory praises Senators Burr and Tillis for offshore exploration amendment

January 22, 2015 – 6:28 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, praised U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis for an amendment they offered to the Keystone XL pipeline bill which would move North Carolina closer …

Governor McCrory praises Senators Burr and Tillis for offshore exploration amendment

January 22, 2015 – 6:28 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, praised U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis for an amendment they offered to the Keystone XL pipeline bill which would move North Carolina closer …

NCDOT Crews Working Hard in Western NC to Prepare for Impending Winter Weather

January 22, 2015 – 10:40 am
NCDOT Crews Working Hard in Western NC to Prepare for Impending Winter Weather

With another round winter weather moving into western North Carolina and the
foothills, N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been working hard to
prepare for the possibility of snow, ice and freezing rain.Here’s a look at what are crews are doing in each of
western North Carolina’s four divisions: 

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Division 11 (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes
and Yadkin counties)

The National Weather Service says snow, sleet, freezing rain and
rain are possible Friday and Saturday across parts of NCDOT’s Division 11. Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties could see 1-3 inches of snow, with
more accumulation possible in elevations above 3,000 feet, according to
the National Weather Service. 

To prepare for possible snow accumulation, crews will brine
primary routes in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga
counties. Brine is highly effective at preventing snow and ice from
bonding to the road surface. However, brining isn’t typically done in
areas where precipitation is likely to begin as rain, since the rain washes the
brine off the pavement and dilutes the solution. 

Division 12 (Alexander, Catawba,
Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties)

The National Weather Service says NCDOT’s Division
12 could see a mix of snow and rain beginning early Friday.

As a precaution,
NCDOT will brine interstate and primary routes (N.C., U.S. routes) in
Alexander County and northern Iredell County, where it’s more likely the
precipitation will begin as snow.

Division 13 (Buncombe, Burke,
Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties)

The
National Weather Service says NCDOT’s Division 13 could see a mix of snow, sleet and rain.

Division
13 crews will do some brining operations on elevated surfaces, including
bridges and other trouble spots more prone to snow and ice accumulation.
 Crews will also brine routes in the higher elevation mountain
counties. 

Division 14 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham,
Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties)

The
National Weather Service says precipitation is likely across much of NCDOT’s
Division 14.  While rain is likely in
valley locations, freezing rain, snow or sleet are possible
in the higher elevations. 

Starting
this morning, NCDOT crews will brine I-26 in Henderson and Polk
counties, U.S. 25 in Henderson County from I-26 to the South Carolina line,
N.C. 280 from the Buncombe County line into Brevard and U.S. 64/276
through Brevard in Transylvania County.  The latest models show the event
starting out as snow/sleet, then rain, in these areas, so crews will apply
brine as a precaution. 

Why We Brine

Brine is
a solution of water and salt that NCDOT uses as a method of pre-treating
roadways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulating on the road. Brine
contains 23 percent salt – the industry standard – and provides a number of
benefits:

•   Lowers the freezing temperature of
water to about 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius).

•   Prevents snow and ice from bonding
with the road’s surface.

•   Keeps snow from being compacted by
traffic, which can turn it into ice.

•   Is more effective and coats roadways
better than plain salt or sand.

•   Gives crews time, since
they can brine up to 48 hours in advance of a storm as long as it doesn’t
rain. Rain washes most of the brine solution off of the roadway.

•   Costs 15 cents per gallon to
produce. One mile of a single lane of road can be treated for about $6; rock
salt costs more than $14 to treat the same stretch of road. 

What’s Next?

After the
winter weather moves in, NCDOT will monitor roads for icy patches and treat any
accumulation with salt/sand to make it safer for motorists to
travel. Drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads, if possible, during
a winter weather event. 

First,
don’t go out unless you absolutely have to. If you must:

•  
Clear
all windows and mirrors of snow and ice. It might be helpful to let your
vehicle run for several minutes with both front and rear defrosters on to help
the process along.

•  
Remove
as much loose snow as possible from your vehicle’s trunk, roof and hood to keep
snow from blowing off and obscuring your vision and that of drivers behind you.
Clear off your rear bumper to expose the license plate.

•  
Be
sure that headlights, tail lights, external mirrors and marker lights are free
of obscuring snow and ice.

•  
Bring
your cell phone with you, even on short trips. You never know when you might
need it.

•  
Slow
down and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. We can’t
stress this enough. Excessive speed is the number one cause of winter weather
accidents.

•  
Do
not use your cruise control.

•  
Drive
smoothly, without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.

•  
Bridges
and overpasses freeze long before other parts of the roadway. Use extreme
caution and avoid using your brakes on the bridges (this is where slowing down
and leaving plenty of space is most important).For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments to Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

January 20, 2015 – 11:04 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today: 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

Governor McCrory Proclaims Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in North Carolina

January 20, 2015 – 11:03 am

Raleigh, N.C. - On this holiday, Americans across the country are celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Dr. King inspired us with his spirit and passion,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “He touched the lives of millions of people. His message of respect, peace and justice still resonates strongly today. I hope the citizens of North Carolina will take some time to reflect on his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and give back to their communities.”

 

Governor McCrory Releases Statement on UNC System President Tom Ross

January 16, 2015 – 1:20 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor McCrory released the following statement after today’s University of North Carolina Board of Governors Meeting:

 

Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

January 16, 2015 – 9:50 am
Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

RALEIGH – The NC Department of Transportation formally invites all North Carolina accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian-American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISI), and other accredited colleges, community colleges and universities to apply to serve as a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program for the 2015 fiscal year.
In an effort to address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established various educational initiatives including the NSTI Program.  While the NSTI Program is federally funded, it is administered by State Departments of Transportation.  The NSTI program is focused on science, technology, engineering and math for high school and junior high school students. NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers, and encourage participants to consider transportation-related fields of study in their higher education pursuits.
Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package directly to the NC Dept. of Transportation. These forms are available for download:

Statement of Work Application
Proposal Application
Application Checklist
Program Desk Reference

Application Submission Process
NCDOT will determine the number of NSTI host sites it wishes to fund under the State’s 2015 funding allocation. Please note that based on availability of funding, schools are not guaranteed funds to serve as a host site. Statement of Work applications must be a maximum of ten pages, not including the proposal application, which shall serve as attachments. NCDOT will evaluate potential host sites on several factors, including its 2015 application and its past performance (programmatic and fiscal).

Applications are due to NCDOT no later than 5 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2015. Email completed packages to Ashley Goolsby  or send by mail to:
Ashley Goolsby, Director
Office of Education Initiatives
1 S. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Contact Ashley Goolsby for more information.

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Governor McCrory, State Employees to Honor Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Annual Program

January 15, 2015 – 12:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has invited all state employees and the public to the Annual State Employees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance. The program, which will be held Friday, January 16, begins at 12 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street.

 

The theme of this year’s program is “The Civil Rights Movement in Words and Music: From Slavery to Freedom.”

 

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