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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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Governor McCrory Congratulates Raleigh City Council for Approving Dorothea Dix Sale Contract

April 27, 2015 – 10:28 am

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the Raleigh City Council approved a contract that calls for the City of Raleigh to purchase the 300-acre Dorothea Dix property from the State of North Carolina for approximately $52 million.

 

Governor McCrory Releases Statement on House Bill 364

April 27, 2015 – 10:24 am

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on allowing House Bill 364 to become law without his signature:

 

Governor McCrory Congratulates Raleigh City Council for Approving Dorothea Dix Sale Contract

April 24, 2015 – 1:06 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the Raleigh City Council approved a contract that calls for the City of Raleigh to purchase the 300-acre Dorothea Dix property from the State of North Carolina for approximately $52 million.

 

This Week at NCDOT – April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 – 9:23 am
This Week at NCDOT – April 24, 2015

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Piedmont Improvement Program Inspection
The Piedmont Improvement Program is enhancing the safety and efficiency of train travel across our state. Earlier this week, representatives from communities between Raleigh and Charlotte got a first-hand look at the improvements currently underway that will help freight and passenger rail service.

From their seats in Amtrak’s American View theater inspection car, passengers riding on North Carolina’s Amtrak Piedmont train got a front-seat view of the improvements, including new bridges that will separate tracks from vehicle traffic, parallel or second track, and new passing sidings, which allow freight and passenger trains to pass each other so they can keep on schedule. Projects are scheduled to be complete by 2017.

East End Connector Groundbreaking
Earlier this week, NCDOT joined the City of Durham and Durham County for an event to officially kick off construction of the East End Connector, a project more than 50 years in the making

While traffic in Durham is expected to continue increasing rapidly, there is currently no direct connection between the two major east-west highways in the region. The East End Connector will provide a link between the Durham Freeway and I-85, and will improve traffic flow between other major routes including I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1. The highway is expected to be open in 2019.

Watch for Me NC Partner Communities
This week, NCDOT announced new partner communities for the Watch For Me NC Campaign, which increases awareness of pedestrian and cycling safety in communities around the state.

Asheville, Charlotte, Corolla, Davidson, Granville County, Jacksonville, Marion, Murphy and Surf City will join nine communities and four universities already promoting cycling and walking safety awareness.

These communities will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness. Partner communities will also participate in specialized police officer enforcement training. For more information on the Watch for me NC campaign, visit watchformenc.org.

Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Winners
Regional Model Bridge Building Competition winners from middle and high schools around the state competed for the chance to be named statewide champion earlier this month, all while learning about the science of bridge building.

Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest won first place in the high school category, while Polk County Middle School of Mill Springs took home first place in the middle school category.

The purpose of the model bridge building competition is to create a greater awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and its relationship to careers in transportation.

For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.

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O’Neil Digital Solutions, LLC to Bring 250 New Jobs to Union County

April 23, 2015 – 12:45 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced today that O’Neil Digital Solutions, LLC will open a new facility in Union County and create 250 new jobs over the next five years.  The company plans to invest $90.7 million in the town of Monroe over the same period.

 

CBC AMERICAS, Corporation to Locate US Headquarters in Cary; Distribution Center in Mebane

April 22, 2015 – 9:40 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that CBC AMERICAS, Corporation will locate its U.S. headquarters in Wake County and open a distribution center in Alamance County. 

 

The move will create 67 new jobs in Wake County and 29 new jobs in Alamance County over the next five years. The company plans to invest at least $3.5 million.

 

Groundbreaking for East End Connector Project

April 22, 2015 – 8:45 am
Groundbreaking for East End Connector Project

Raleigh –The weather was perfect for Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony of the East End Connector project in Durham. Officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation, the City of Durham and Durham County were on hand for the long awaited event.

Among the speakers were NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, and Michael Page, the chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners.

Bell said the project was important to Durham because it provides “improved access” and “opens up more economic developments.”

“It’s a wonderful event,” Tennyson said. “It will provide very valuable connections.”

First introduced back in 1959, the $142 million, 3.9-mile project will provide a direct freeway connection designed to interstate standards between the Durham Freeway and north of the U.S. 70/N.C. 98 intersection.  It will also upgrade U.S. 70 to a freeway between Pleasant Drive and N.C. 98.  The Connector will also provide a freeway link between I-85 and I-40, the Triangle Expressway and U.S. 1 in southern Wake County.

The East End Connector is expected to promote economic development in areas along the I-85 corridor toward Virginia by improving access for people and goods between Durham and counties north of the city to major employment and retail centers, including Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Wake County.

Another benefit will be alleviating congestion on the Durham Freeway through downtown Durham. It will also help divert traffic off local roads such as U.S. 15/501, which is often used as a connection between I-85 and I-40, as well as Roxboro, Mangum, Gregson and Duke streets.

The Connector is expected to be open in 2019.

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Woman Dies in Apartment Fire in Lincoln County

April 21, 2015 – 5:55 am

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release Woman Dies in Apartment Fire in Lincoln County…

Governor McCrory unveils historic Connect NC bond proposals

April 17, 2015 – 3:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory unveiled the Connect NC bond proposals that will connect North Carolina cities and towns by building roads, upgrading technology and constructing education facilities.   

 

Joining Governor McCrory at the Connect NC announcement were Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and Budget Director Lee Roberts.

 

This Week at NCDOT – April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 – 11:44 am
This Week at NCDOT – April 17, 2015

RALEIGH — The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Tractor Safety Billboard CampaignAs tractors and other pieces of farming equipment use roads this season, NCDOT has partnered with the North Carolina Farm Bureau, as well as the N.C. State Highway Patrol to remind drivers to be safe and share the road.
Many of the roads we drive on today began as routes farmers used to get their crops and livestock to and from market. Farmers still travel on our state’s highways when planting and harvesting crops. 
Drivers across the state will soon notice billboards popping up on highways, reminding them to keep an eye out for slow moving farm equipment, and not pass farm equipment unless you are in a passing zone and it is safe to make the pass. 
Pavement PreservationNCDOT is beginning its pavement preservation work for the year. Pavement preservation is necessary for our state’s roads and includes projects such as crack sealing and asphalt resurfacing.
Just like changing the oil in your car to prevent engine damage, it is important to make improvements to good roads regularly to prevent the need for major road repairs later. 
Each of NCDOT’s highway divisions has prioritized the roads it will resurface or seal during the year. 
U.S. 321 UpdateDrivers in the mountains will notice a quieter spring as crews wrap up blasting on the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. Any remaining blasts needed on the project are expected to be small and should not require any road closures on U.S. 321.  
The project is designed to improve safety along U.S. 321 by adding turn lanes, as well as additional travel lanes. Crews are also straightening curves along the mountain road. Cyclists and pedestrians will notice improvements too. New sidewalks will make it easier and safer to walk and bike to shops and restaurants in downtown Blowing Rock.
You can find regular project updates on Twitter using #US321. Work is expected to be complete in 2016.
NCDOT’s Spring Litter Sweep Starts April 18From April 18 until May 2, volunteers will put on orange safety vests and begin filling up garbage bags with roadside litter as part of NCDOT’s annual Spring Litter Sweep.
Reaching from Murphy to Manteo, NCDOT is anticipating tens of thousands of volunteers to take part in this year’s sweep. NCDOT encourages all North Carolinians to get involved and help clean up litter along their local roadsides. 
Orange bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided through the local NCDOT maintenance office in each county. Volunteers are asked to contact their county NCDOT maintenance office in advance to obtain supplies.
Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond ProposalsGovernor Pat McCrory unveiled the Connect NC bond proposals that will connect North Carolina cities and towns by building roads, upgrading technology and constructing education facilities.   
Under legislation that was filed at the General Assembly Thursday, two bond proposals of approximately $1.5 billion each – one for roads, the other for infrastructure – would go before the voters for approval either in October or November.
The proposed transportation bond would distribute funding according to NCDOT’s Strategic Mobility Formula to pay for 27 permit-ready highway projects throughout North Carolina that have completed environmental documents. In addition, the bond would fund the paving of 176 unpaved secondary roads totaling 113 miles.
For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.
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Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond Proposals

April 17, 2015 – 11:36 am
Governor McCrory Unveils Historic Connect NC Bond Proposals

Raleigh – Governor Pat McCrory unveiled the Connect NC bond proposals that will connect North Carolina cities and towns by building roads, upgrading technology and constructing education facilities.  
Joining Governor McCrory at the Connect NC announcement were Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and Budget Director Lee Roberts.
“Today, we are enjoying and benefiting from the investments made by our parents and grandparents,” Governor McCrory said. “Now is the time for us to seize the moment and make the investments that will benefit North Carolinians for generations to come.”
Under legislation that was filed at the General Assembly Thursday, two bond proposals of approximately $1.5 billion each – one for roads, the other for infrastructure – would go before the voters for approval either in October or November.
The proposed transportation bond would distribute funding according to NCDOT’s Strategic Mobility Formula to pay for 27 permit-ready highway projects throughout North Carolina that have completed environmental documents. In addition, the bond would fund the paving of 176 unpaved secondary roads totaling 113 miles.
“Transportation is the backbone of our economy, and I thank Governor McCrory for proposing these bonds to help us invest in more projects that will better connect small towns to economic centers and support the continued prosperity of our state,” Secretary Tata said. “The new Strategic Mobility Formula is allowing us to more efficiently invest our transportation dollars, and these bonds will enable us to further extend its benefits.”
Because of the state’s fiscal strength and strong balance sheet, no tax increase is needed to fund the bonds and the state’s AAA bond rating would be preserved.
“Interest rates are lower than they have ever been previously,” Roberts said. “Now is the time to use our balance sheet to our advantage to connect and invest in North Carolina.”

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Top Honors in NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Finals Announced

April 17, 2015 – 11:12 am
Top Honors in NCDOT Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition Finals Announced

Raleigh – The winners of this year’s 16th Annual NCDOT Model Bridge
Building Competition have been announced.  In the high school category,
top honors went to Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest. In the middle
school category, Polk County Middle School came in first.  Both schools won in their respective
categories last year as well.

The finals were held in the
Department of Transportation auditorium in Raleigh.

“Our NCDOT Model Bridge building
Competition gives students an opportunity to construct and apply mathematical
ideas and principles taught in their classroom,” said Gail Herring, program coordinator
with NCDOT.

Contestants were judged not only on
the structural efficiency of their wooden model bridge, but on oral
presentations, written reports and design drawings.

The object of the competition was to
design, construct and test the most structurally efficient model truss
bridge.  It is also designed to create a
greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math)
education and its relationship to careers provided by NCDOT.

Final Standings are as follows:

High School:

First
Place:      Franklin Academy High School of Wake
Forest             

Second Place: CamTech High School of Camden           
 

Third Place:     North Moore High School of Robbins            

Fourth Place:   Polk County High School of Columbus         
Middle School:

First
Place:       Polk County Middle School 
of Mill Springs          

Second Place:  Beaufort Middle School of Beaufort           

Third Place:      Westmoore Elementary School of
Seagrove            

Fourth Place:    Neal STEM Academy of Engineering &
Design of Durham           

The teams coming in first place
received $500 checks for their school, second place teams will received $400,
third place $300 and 4th place $200.

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Governor McCrory Thanks Community College President Scott Ralls For His Service

April 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the announcement that Scott Ralls  would be leaving his position as head of the North Carolina Community College System for the presidency of Northern Virginia Community College:

 

Governor McCrory Announces Nominations to Board of Education

April 16, 2015 – 10:01 am

Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following nominations to the North Carolina State Board of Education, pending confirmation by the General Assembly.

Governor McCrory Defends North Carolina’s Record on Education

April 15, 2015 – 10:33 pm
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after President Barack Obama mischaracterized North Carolina’s commitment to education during a brief visit to Charlotte today:

 

“I was disappointed to learn that the President used a portion of his quick visit today to unfairly and incorrectly malign our education system in the great state of North Carolina, then hop back on Air Force One and return to Washington.

North Carolina Recognized as “Innovation Champion” for Encouragement of Innovation in 2014

April 15, 2015 – 2:45 pm

Washington, D.C. – Governor Pat McCrory was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening to celebrate North Carolina’s newly minted designation as an “Innovation Champion” on the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)’s inaugural Innovation Scorecard, an innovation performance index based on 10 criteria.

 

“North Carolina offers ready-made environments for innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Governor McCrory. “When the states must choose between the status quo and innovation, North Carolina nearly always chooses innovation.” 

 

Governor McCrory Testifies Before Congressional Committee on President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan

April 15, 2015 – 11:44 am

Washington, D.C. – Governor Pat McCrory was in our nation’s capital today to express his support for environmentally safe and responsible offshore energy exploration before Congress. The governor addressed the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Land Resources Subcommittee hearing titled “Examining the Future Impacts of President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan.”

 

NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

April 15, 2015 – 10:33 am
NCDOT Ferry Division To Hold Open Houses, Ship Tours During Passenger Ferry Visit

(MANNS HARBOR) – When the Provincetown III visits the Outer Banks May 4-5, it could be a glimpse into the future of a new type of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke. During that visit, NCDOT Ferry Division officials are offering …

Home Health Care Nurse Charged

April 15, 2015 – 6:23 am

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release Former Home Health Care Nurse Charged with Unauthorized Use of…

Firearms Theft

April 15, 2015 – 6:22 am

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release Lincoln County Man Charged in Theft of Firearms…

Governor McCrory to Testify Before U.S. House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee

April 14, 2015 – 4:26 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will testify before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Land Resources Subcommittee hearing titled “Examining the Future Impacts of President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan” on Wednesday. 

 

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