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Draft DOT Improvement Program “Emphasizes Priorities Such as Congestion Relief,” “A More Data-Centered Approach”

December 8, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Last Thursday, Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata told the State Board of Transportation that 303 additional projects will be fully or partially funded and about 126,000 more jobs will be created under the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law, which created the Strategic Mobility Formula.

 

State is going about this the right way

“One civil engineer who worked in transportation for more than 30 years says the state is going about this the right way.

 

Call for Entries for 2015 Aviation Art Contest

December 8, 2014 – 10:42 am
Call for Entries for 2015 Aviation Art Contest

RALEIGH – It’s that time again! The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking entries for its 2015 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. This year, kids are encouraged to submit a poster capturing the excitement of the FAI World Air Games in Dubai. Billed as the largest sports event in the world, the games feature world class competitions and air shows over a 12-day period.
The contest, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, is open to children between the ages of 6 and 17. The entry deadline is Jan. 23, 2015. All children who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina are encouraged to participate.
Entries will be divided into junior, intermediate and senior categories. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, DC to be judged in the national competition.  National award winners will have a chance to compete internationally!
Contest rules and guidelines, as well as where to submit entries, are available on the Division of Aviation’s website.

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Governor to Attend Greensboro Holiday Parade

December 5, 2014 – 4:08 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will attend the annual Greensboro Holiday Parade, a downtown tradition for over 37 years. The annual parade attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and has been a community staple each holiday season.

 

“Christmas is a time of joy and anticipation,” Governor McCrory said. “I’m excited to celebrate this season with the people of Greensboro.”

  

Guilford County

 

Western Residence Holiday Open House with Governor and First Lady this Weekend

December 5, 2014 – 3:51 pm

Asheville, N.C. – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will be hosting a Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Western Residence this weekend. The open house will be held on both Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Media wishing to attend and speak with Governor McCrory are encouraged to visit the residence between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 

“Tree of Life” Commemorates Lives Lost on North Carolina’s Highways in 2013

December 5, 2014 – 3:38 pm
“Tree of Life” Commemorates Lives Lost on North Carolina’s Highways in 2013

RALEIGH – The annual “Tree of Life” was illuminated this evening on the grounds of the State Capitol in memory of the 1,278 lives lost on North Carolina highways last year. Representatives from the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and law enforcement agencies from across the state joined families and friends of the victims to honor the lives lost and bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving.
The “Tree of Life” is lit with red and white lights, with 378 red lights memorializing the 378 victims of alcohol related crashes and 900 white lights commemorating the lives lost in all other vehicle crashes in 2013. Following the tree lighting, the group held a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died as the result of an impaired driver.
“I hope tonight’s ceremony and this tree will not only pay tribute to these individuals, but also build awareness that will help prevent similar tragedies from occurring,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “As the busy holiday season approaches, I urge everyone who gets behind the wheel to make smart decisions that can often mean the difference between life and death.”
Secretary Tata spoke at the ceremony and was joined by GHSP Director Don Nail, NC MADD Director LaRonda Scott and Saundra Dockery. Saundra’s daughter, Tiffany, was a pedestrian that was hit and killed by an impaired driver.
So far this year, North Carolina has seen 1,062 fatalities on its roadways, which is a slight decrease from the 1,064 deaths that occurred during the same time period in 2013. Alcohol related deaths have also declined a bit, with 294 year-to date compared to 309 at the same time last year.
“Lighting the ‘Tree of Life’ continues to be a very moving experience year after year, knowing that each light represents a life lost,” said Don Nail, director of GHSP. “I look forward to the day we are able to celebrate an evergreen ‘Tree of Life’ with no lights at all.”
GHSP reminds motorists that they should never take a holiday from safe driving. Drivers and passengers are urged to plan ahead to secure a sober driver and buckle up in every seat, every time.  Drivers are also reminded to obey the speed limit and avoid distractions while traveling.
The “Tree of Life” will remain on display at the State Capitol through Jan. 4, 2015.
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Overland Contracting Headquarters Means New Jobs for Wake County

December 5, 2014 – 2:49 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, along with the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., announced today that 89 new jobs will be coming to Wake County over the next three years. Overland Contracting Inc. will open its headquarters in Garner with an $8.4 million investment in its facilities that are being built to support more than 90 of the company’s professionals.

 

NCDOT Ferry Division Releases 2015 Schedule

December 5, 2014 – 1:28 pm
NCDOT Ferry Division Releases 2015 Schedule

(MANNS HARBOR) – After reviewing traffic patterns and consulting with stakeholders across Eastern North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today released its 2015 schedule. The new schedule is a reflection of the Ferry System’s commitment to reliable passenger service as well as to responsible management of taxpayer money.Significant changes from the 2014 Schedule include:
Elimination of lightly traveled night runs on the Pamlico River between Bayview and Aurora. The changes were made after consulting with officials at PCS Phosphate Corporation, whose employees comprise a majority of traffic on the Pamlico River route.Moving one winter Pamlico Sound departure from Cedar Island to Swan Quarter. The change will give each destination three daily round trips to Ocracoke. Summer schedules will remain the same, with six round trips from Cedar Island and four from Swan Quarter.“This new schedule gives us the best possible service for the money available,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “As much as we hate to eliminate any ferry runs, many of those night runs on the Pamlico River had little or no traffic. Eliminating those runs will save the Ferry System hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.”

The complete 2015 Ferry Schedule can be found at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/2015Schedules.pdf. All new schedules will take effect on Thursday, January 1, 2015. **NCDOT**

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Leaders Encourage Employers to Help Lighten Load as Phase II of Fortify Prepares for Takeoff

December 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm
Leaders Encourage Employers to Help Lighten  Load as Phase II of Fortify Prepares for Takeoff

Raleigh– Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane joined North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Secretary Tony Tata at a town hall meeting to encourage Raleigh area employers and  their employees to practice smart commuting in order to lighten the traffic during Phase II of the Fortify I40-/440 Rebuild Project.  The purpose of the meeting, held in the Raleigh Convention Center, was to inform and prepare area residents for Fortify Phase II.  Speakers in addition to Mayor McFarlane and Secretary Tata included: Mark Charbonneau, NCDOT deputy secretary for communications; Dennis Jernigan, NCDOT division construction engineer; David King, Triangle Transit general manager; C. Neal Alexander, director of the State Human Resources Office; and Joe Milazzo, executive director of the Regional Transportation Alliance.  Motorists driving through the Fortify I40/440 Rebuild Project soon will see work ramp up on the Interstate 40 (I40) portion of the project, known as Phase II.  As scheduled, Phase I is almost complete. The I440 west section from the I40 split to the I495/U.S. 264/64 interchange is scheduled to be in its updated traffic pattern by the end of December. The I440 east section is expected to be open in its three-lane pattern by the end of January.   Fortify is a road rebuild project that is necessary for the safety of the 115,000 motorists who travel the road every day. A chemical reaction occurring beneath the surface of the 30-year-old roadway is causing the road bed to crumble.           In January, weather permitting, Fortify crews will phase in traffic shifts on both the I40 east and west lanes near the Gorman/Lake Wheeler exits while construction takes place outside the barrier walls. Following that, crews will continue to put up barrier walls along the I40 project work zone until this entire stretch of roadway operates in a three-lane traffic pattern.            To reduce the traffic impact NCDOT is asking local employers to help get 30,000 vehicles off the road during the following peak commute times: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.           “Rebuilding this roadway is critical to keeping thousands of North Carolinians connected to jobs, education, health care and recreation each day,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “I’m proud that state government agencies, as well as other community partners are working together to provide innovative ways to keep traffic flowing and help drivers to get where they need to go while these important safety improvements are under way.”           As Wake County’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees, State government agencies are proactively helping the road rebuild effort by offering its employees strategic ways to avoid I40 and I440 during peak travel times. Where possible these agencies are encouraging staff impacted by the project to take advantage of the following options:•         Alternate work schedules;•         Alternate work sites;•         Teleworking; and,•         Alternate forms of transportation. “These are not one-size-fits-all options for every agency and state employee,”said C. Neal Alexander, director of the Office of State Human Resources. “Each agency can determine what is most appropriate and effective for its employees and tailor the options accordingly to ensure that productivity and efficiency continue during the most impactful portion of the project.”          To help State employees with the cost of alternative transportation the North Carolina Department of Administration is offering North Carolina State government workers based in Wake County a GoPass as part of a pilot program associated with Fortify. The State is one of 15 public and private employers in the Triangle that invests in the GoPass program for employees. For more information on the GoPass visit www.gotriangle.org/transit/employee-discounts/. “This is a great opportunity to encourage more people to consider public transportation as a viable option,” said Triangle Transit General Manager David King. “For just a few dollars, the GoPass gives eligible workers a ride to and from work on all of the region’s transit systems. They avoid Fortify traffic, which is a plus for them as well as the thousands of motorists who are driving through the construction area.” For more information and resources associated with Fortify I40/440 Rebuild Project, including alternative work schedule options visit www.fortifyNC.com. For complete transit information visit www.my40ride.comRTN Replay Schedule   To view the Fortify Phase II town meeting, turn to the City of Raleigh’s Raleigh Television network on cable channel 11 at the following times: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.;Monday, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.;Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.;Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m.;Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m.; and,Monday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.                                                                                     

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NCDOT Releases Draft State Transportation Improvement Program

December 4, 2014 – 10:33 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata today told State Board of Transportation that 303 additional projects will be fully or partially funded and about 126,000 more jobs will be created under the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law, which created the Strategic Mobility Formula.

Governor & First Lady to Spread Christmas Cheer on Blount Street Tonight

December 4, 2014 – 10:32 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will adorn the Executive Mansion in Christmas lights now until the 12th day of Christmas, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each evening.

 

“We invite everyone to come to the Executive Mansion and see the ‘people’s house’ lit up for the holidays,” Governor McCrory said. “The Mansion is a historic Victorian home, and that architectural beauty is on full display during Christmas.”

 

NCDOT Releases Draft State Transportation Improvement Program

December 4, 2014 – 5:12 am
NCDOT Releases Draft State Transportation Improvement Program

RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata told the State Board of Transportation that 303 additional projects will be fully or partially funded and about 126,000 more jobs will be created under the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law, which created the Strategic Mobility Formula. The new funding formula was a major initiative achieved by Governor McCrory during the last legislative session. 

The results of the new funding formula were contained in the draft 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which was presented at the transportation board’s monthly meeting. This is one of the final steps toward implementing the new STI law.

“I’m pleased that the transportation law and vision, which is based on economic development, safety, and congestion instead of politics, is working as intended and exceeding our expectations,” said Governor McCrory. ”Over the next 10 years, this new law and vision will help create thousands of new jobs, invest millions in our communities, and better connect all North Carolinians to work, life and play. This is just the beginning and we will continue to build our infrastructure from the mountains to the coast, rural to urban, which will better connect people to jobs, education, and health care.

Using the new formula over 10 years, NCDOT will fund 478 highway projects and create 300,000 jobs. Using the same existing funds, the old formula would have produced 175 highway projects and 174,000 jobs.

The Draft STIP includes a total of nearly 1,100 projects across all transportation modes and in every county across the state, making this one of our most comprehensive programs ever.

“Through the new formula, we will invest in our entire transportation network from the mountains to the coast, with crews actively working in all 100 counties over the next 10 years,” said Secretary Tony Tata. “These projects will improve safety, reduce congestion and strengthen connections to make our state more economically competitive.”

More than 140 non-highway projects are funded in all, along with another 108 major transition projects that were already scheduled to begin prior to July 1, 2015. The Draft STIP also includes 389 interstate maintenance and bridge projects, and 17 safety projects prioritized under alternate criteria. A breakdown of the project numbers can be found here.

The Strategic Mobility Formula was specifically designed to direct 60 percent of the available funding to improvements on the regional and local levels to ensure that we are meeting the varied needs of the communities throughout our state—with the remaining 40 percent going to projects of statewide significance that will benefit all North Carolinians.

Examples include:

·       Completing the Fayetteville Outer Loop to connect Fort Bragg to the Strategic I-95 Corridor and enhance mobility options for our military.

·       Expanding U.S. 321 between Lenoir and Hickory, which will improve this key regional corridor and better connect the northwestern part of our state to Charlotte and I-85.

·       Improving I-85 in Gaston County and removing the two-lane bottleneck in southern Rowan County, which will enhance this important route for commuters to Charlotte, as well as help move goods more efficiently to and from Charlotte and the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

·       Expanding N.C. 211 to the coastal towns of Southport and Oak Island and improve their connection to the U.S. 17 corridor, which will help relieve congestion during the busy tourist season and improve an important evacuation route.

While scores for projects on the statewide level are 100-percent data-driven, scores for projects on the regional and division levels also include local input ? 30 percent of the total score on the regional level and 50 percent on the division level – to ensure that local priorities are addressed.

Projects also have the ability to cascade down for funding, so projects that were evaluated on the statewide level that did not score high enough to be funded also had the opportunity to compete on the regional and division levels.

Examples include:

·       N.C. 24/27 widening in Stanly County – This project will widen to four lanes N.C. 24/27 from the existing four lanes in Albemarle to the Pee Dee River, as well as replace one of the two bridges that connects Stanly and Montgomery counties. Its regional score was helped, because both the Rural Planning Organization and division gave the project the maximum regional points.

·       Mid-Currituck Bridge in Currituck County – This project will build a bridge between the Currituck County mainland and Corolla, which will address local needs by alleviating congestion on U.S. 158 and N.C. 12, and better connect the Outer Banks to the Hampton Roads region in Virginia. Its division level score was helped, because both the RPO and division gave the project the maximum number of points.

Next Steps

NCDOT will hold a public comment period and public meetings in March and April to seek input on the Draft STIP. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June 2015, which will be the final step in implementing STI.

STI’s data-driven prioritization process is increasing our efficiency in using Highway Trust Fund money to program more projects; however, of the 3,100 projects submitted through STI, NCDOT will only have enough funding to program 559 projects, or 18 percent of the locally submitted needs.

With the implementation of the new STI law and mobility formula, and Gov. McCrory’s 25-Year Vision in place to map our future and guide transportation investments over the next 25 years, NCDOT’s focus will now turn to investing in the vision. We plan to present targeted revenue recommendations to the General Assembly for action during the 2015 legislative session. Discussions about transportation funding will focus on the role of the state in supporting the costs of maintaining and building transportation infrastructure, as well as alternative funding solutions to support our growing state and make North Carolina even more economically competitive.
 
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Governor McCrory Joins Other Governors and Attorneys General to Challenge President Obama’s Expansion of Presidential Power

December 3, 2014 – 5:23 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has joined the Texas Attorney General, now governor-elect, along with other governors and attorneys general in a lawsuit that challenges President Barack Obama’s expansion of presidential power by unilaterally changing immigration law through executive action.

 

In November, President Obama bypassed Congress and legalized the presence of approximately five million immigrants who entered the United States illegally. This is approximately 40 percent of the estimated undocumented immigrant population in the United States. 

Governor McCrory, Secretary Tata to Unveil Draft 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program

December 3, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will unveil projects that will be fully or partially funded under the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law, which created the Strategic Mobility Formula.  The new funding formula, which takes the politics out of road building and instead focuses economic development, safety and congestion, was a major initiative achieved by Governor McCrory during the last legislative session.   

 

Wake County

Governor McCrory, ABC Commission Launch Anti-Underage Drinking Campaign

December 3, 2014 – 1:05 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory urged parents and adults to talk to young people about the dangers of underage drinking during the launch of the “Talk- It-Out” campaign which was held today at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh. 

 

Governor McCrory Announces $640,448 in Innovation Grants for 13 North Carolina Businesses

December 3, 2014 – 10:33 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  New innovation grants will assist thirteen North Carolina companies in bringing new, cutting-edge products to the marketplace. Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced the One North Carolina Small Business Fund recipients today along with awards adding up to $640,448. 

 

Governor McCrory Ushers in the Christmas Season

December 2, 2014 – 3:17 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory congratulated this year’s North Carolina Christmas Tree Association contest winners at a presentation at the State Capitol today. Each year, the association holds a contest to choose growers whose Christmas trees and wreaths will adorn the Capitol rotunda, governor’s office hallway and windows.

 

Governor McCrory Thanks Sharon Decker for her Service to North Carolina; Introduces Next Commerce Secretary

December 2, 2014 – 12:29 pm

Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory announced today that Sharon Decker will step down as secretary of the Department of Commerce effective December 31. Decker, who has served as Commerce secretary since January 2013 and has helped lead our state to increased jobs and a better business environment, will return to the private sector.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointment

December 2, 2014 – 11:26 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointment to the Golden L.E.A.F. Board today:

 

Board of Directors of the Golden L.E.A.F. Inc.

A Thanksgiving Message from Governor McCrory

December 1, 2014 – 11:04 am

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement in celebration of Thanksgiving. 

 

“We North Carolinians have so much to be thankful for, particularly those of us who will be sitting down at bountiful tables surrounded by family and friends. However, the true spirit of Thanksgiving is best expressed by helping those who are in physical and spiritual need.

 

NCDOT Encourages Students to Register for Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

December 1, 2014 – 5:29 am
NCDOT Encourages Students to Register for Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in its 16th annual Model Bridge Building Competition. The contest is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to a real-world scenario.

The big winners in last year’s competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs.

“The goal of the competition is to hone student’s math and science skills”, said Gail Herring, program coordinator with NCDOT, “Hopefully it will encourage them to choose the transportation industry as a career.”
 
It is designed to create a greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and its relationship to transportation careers provided by NCDOT by providing an opportunity to use problem solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and apply research and presentation skills.

The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers, with the engineers and representatives of engineering companies serving as the judges.

Teams will first compete at the regional level in Winterville, Raleigh, Asheboro and Morganton on March 20, 2015. The finals will take place in Raleigh on April 17.

There are two ways to register:
•    Complete and submit a registration form at www.ncdot.gov/about/kids/BridgeComp
•    Call 919-707-4442 to request a registration form
The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

To learn more about the competition check out the Model Bridge Building event video on YouTube, or contact event organizer Gail Herring via email at gherring@ncdot.gov or (919) 707-4442.

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