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Governor McCrory Issues Proclamation In Support of Special Needs Carnival

April 11, 2015 – 11:17 am

Raleigh, N.C.

This Week at NCDOT – April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015 – 10:52 am
This Week at NCDOT – April 10, 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.

NCDOT Awards 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants
Walkers and cyclists are one step closer to seeing improvements in 10 North Carolina Communities thanks to assistance from NCDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division.

Now in its twelfth year, the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program helps cities and towns develop an overall plan for expanding and encouraging safe walking and cycling within their community. The municipalities selected this year include Canton, Fairmont, Franklin, Hendersonville, High Point, Lenoir, Newport, Rutherfordton, Wendell and Windsor.

To date, approximately $4.3 million dollars has been invested in 164 communities across North Carolina through this program.

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participates in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding
Secretary Tony Tata joined a group of nine federal and state transportation leaders from around the country this week on a tour highlighting the need for federal transportation funding reform.

Tata was one of only five state Transportation Secretaries invited by Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to visit projects in his state.

The tour focused on the critical role the federal government plays in strengthening the nation’s transportation network and the importance of identifying federal funding sources that offer long-term stability.

NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at the North Carolina Azalea Festival
The NCDMV Mobile Unit will be at the Azalea Festival in Wilmington this weekend.

The mobile unit will be available both days of the festival from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. offering state maps, driver handbooks and brochures to visitors.

On Saturday, festival goers will be able to renew their driver license, as long as no written or road test is required. Duplicate driver licenses and ID cards for children and adults can also be ordered at the mobile unit on Saturday.

This is all part of continued efforts to enhance the DMV customer experience. For more information and a list of all required documentation for these services, visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Taking your attention and eyes off the road for even a few seconds can have deadly consequences. That includes using a cell phone while driving.

According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field blind at 55 miles per hour.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading the way with the national texting enforcement campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

In 2013 there were more than 4,000 distracted driving crashes in North Carolina, and 18 of those were fatalities.

Nationally, more than 3,000 people were killed and more than 420,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.  

It is illegal in North Carolina to text and drive. Remember: “If you are texting, you aren’t driving”

Onslow Maintenance Has No Accidents and Injuries in 2014
The NCDOT Onslow County Maintenance Yard was recognized recently for having gone an entire year without any accidents or injuries.

“I have nothing but admiration for our field forces, who day in and day out serve the people of North Carolina, most of the time in ever increasing traffic; removing snow and ice, repairing potholes, fixing shoulder drop offs and any other maintenance related activities needed in a dangerous environment,” said Division Three Maintenance Engineer David Thomas, who oversees maintenance operations for the six-county division that includes Onslow County.

“For Onslow County to go the entire year, accident and injury free, speaks volumes of this unit, not only for their delivery of services to the public, but also their commitment to the state and each other for doing it in a safe manner. It is one thing to talk the talk, but Onslow County Maintenance walked the walk in 2014!” Thomas added.  

Maintenance crews were presented with two signs to commemorate the achievement.

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

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Governor McCrory Praises North Carolina Teacher of the Year Selection

April 7, 2015 – 6:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Keana C. Triplett, an English teacher from Ashe County High School, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Triplett was chosen among eight regional teachers of the year as well as the charter school teacher of the year.  

 

Governor McCrory Congratulates Duke for Winning National Championship

April 7, 2015 – 9:39 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory congratulated Duke University’s Men’s Basketball team and Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the Blue Devils won the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

 

Reliance Packaging, LLC Expansion to Bring 48 New Jobs to Moore County

April 7, 2015 – 9:38 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 Reliance Packaging, LLC will expand its operations in Moore County and create 48 new jobs over the next three years.  The company plans to invest $3.5 million in the town of Aberdeen over the same period.

 

Governor McCrory Touts North Carolina Classics in Friendly Wager with Wisconsin Governor

April 6, 2015 – 1:16 pm

Governor Pat McCrory announced a wager he has with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today over the outcome of tonight’s Duke University Blue Devils vs. University of Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Men’s Division I basketball championship game.

Governor McCrory Hails Progress of NC Native Lowell Oakley

April 6, 2015 – 12:36 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory sent best wishes out to Durham native Lowell Oakley as he continues his competition on the NBC program, “The Voice.”

 

“Lowell continues his quest to win one of the most prestigious talent contests in the nation,” Governor McCrory said. “Lowell is displaying the quality of talent North Carolina continues to produce for the enjoyment of every American. He certainly  has my vote.”

 

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participating in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding

April 6, 2015 – 8:00 am
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participating in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding

Tour to take place tomorrow and Wednesday
RALEIGH — Invited by Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata is joining nine other federal and state transportation leaders this week to focus on the need for federal funding reform. The bus tour will highlight the importance of a national transportation network and the critical need for federal funding to pay for transportation improvements in North Carolina and other states across the nation.
Other Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members will be participating in the tour as well, including Congressman David Rouzer of North Carolina. Tata was one of five state Transportation Secretaries invited to participate along with transportation leaders from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.
“I appreciate Congressman Shuster’s invitation and look forward to working toward a solution,” Tata said. “In North Carolina alone, we have thousands of jobs at stake along with hundreds of projects that support the safety, mobility and economic vitality of our state. I appreciate this opportunity to join forces with my peers to address our nation’s transportation challenges and ensure we can move forward with necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure.”
The two-day tour includes press events, listening sessions and roundtable discussions throughout the state of Pennsylvania focused on the role the federal government plays in strengthening the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the importance of identifying federal funding sources that offer long-term stability, and how partners on all levels can work together to develop creative ways to finance and expedite transportation projects.
NCDOT has taken steps to maximize its existing resources, including implementation of the Strategic Transportation Investments Law that has increased efficiency by nearly 300 percent, and the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, and is continuing to seek new ways to fund additional improvements. Despite these efforts, the department is still only able to fund about one in five of the projects that were submitted for prioritization. The nation’s current surface transportation authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31.More information about the tour can be found using #PAroadshow.

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Governor McCrory Signs Bill that Will Lower Electric Rates in Eastern North Carolina

April 2, 2015 – 12:51 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation today that is expected to lower electric rates for consumers in eastern North Carolina and help attract new jobs to the region. The governor signed the legislation (SB 305) at the Wilson Operations Center. 

 

The new law will allow Duke Energy Progress to purchase generation assets from the 32 cities and towns that make up the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). The $1.2 billion purchase will significantly lower the agency’s debt load from $1.9 billion to approximately $480 million.

Connections to History: NCDOT Constructs Tour Stops at Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site

April 2, 2015 – 12:12 pm
Connections to History: NCDOT Constructs Tour Stops at Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site

RALEIGH — The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, near modern day Newton Grove, was the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina, and was one of the last engagements of the Civil War. At the Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site in southern Johnston County, visitors can relive history and learn about what happened during those three days 150 years ago.

To help enhance the visitor experience, the N.C. Department of Transportation partnered with the Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site, under the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, to construct three new tour stops along the roads used for the battlefield driving tour. A video about this project is available on YouTube.

“We are proud to be able to partner with the Department of Cultural Resources on this important project that will enhance the historic site, as well as improve safety for those who are taking the driving tour,” said NCDOT Board of Transportation Member Gus Tulloss, who represents Division Four, which is the six county region including Johnston County.

Previously visitors would have to park on the side of the road at stops while taking the driving tour. The new tour stops provide visitors with a place to safely pull off of the road out of the way of traffic. Historical markers and interpretive materials are located at each stop, providing visitors with information about what happened at that location. The new tour stops are located off of Harper House Road, Battlefield Road and Mill Creek Church Road.

NCDOT’s Division Four administered the $240,000 federally-funded contract for this work, which was awarded to PLT Construction. The department also assisted the historic site with securing the federal funding for the project.

“They were providing the funds and we were providing the construction and inspection of the projects,” said NCDOT Division Four Engineer Tim Little. “We were very excited to do this project because it is a way to preserve history for the battlefield.”
 
Construction began in December 2014 and was completed in mid-March of this year.

The tour stops opened in time for the 150th anniversary reenactment of the battle on March 21 and 22, where thousands of attendees were able to see first-hand what the Battle of Bentonville was like.

“The addition of the new tour stops that we are doing now just enhances the site even more,” said Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site Manager Donny Taylor. “This opens up more areas of the battlefield that we had not been able to interpret in the past and gives people a more concise history of what was done there,” said Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site Manager Donny Taylor.

This was the second time NCDOT constructed tour stops at the battlefield. The first ones were constructed in 2004 and were so successful in giving visitors a safe location to stop and learn more about the battle, that the department was able to partner again with NCDCR to construct three additional tour stops.

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This Week at NCDOT – April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015 – 11:20 am
This Week at NCDOT – April 2, 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.

Wildflower Awards Banquet
The wildflower beds lining North Carolina’s highways took center stage this week at the Wildflower Awards Banquet in Raleigh.

The annual awards, sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina, recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who carry out North Carolina’s Wildflower Program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of our state’s highways.

Awards were given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state that bloomed in 2014, as well as the best overall highway division wildflower program.

NCDOT is celebrating 30 years of beautifying North Carolina’s roadsides. Today, there are more than 1,500 acres of flower beds across the state.

View a photo gallery of the award-winning flower beds. A complete list of this year’s winners can be found here.

I-485 Naming Ceremony
Governor Pat McCrory joined NCDOT and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce last Friday to officially name the final segment of the Interstate 485 Outer Loop in honor of H. Allen Tate Jr. – a longtime advocate for transportation improvements in the Charlotte region.

In addition to Tate’s achievements in real estate as CEO of Allen Tate Company, he has served as chair of several transportation committees. In 2008, Tate led the charge for I-485 to be completed ahead of schedule, as well as the widening of I-85 in Cabarrus County and of I-485 south of Charlotte.

The final 5.7 mile-segment of I-485 stretches from Old Statesville Road to I-85. It completes the 67-mile outer loop around Charlotte and provides an important link between I-85 and I-77.

New Board Members Sworn In
This week the N.C. Board of Transportation welcomed new members at their monthly meeting in Raleigh.

Board of Transportation members represent a specific division or at-large area of interest and work with NCDOT staff members to make decisions about transportation priorities.

Five new board members were sworn in on Tuesday, representing the rural piedmont and sandhills, Charlotte Metro, and far western mountain region of the state. In addition, three current board members were also reappointed.

The new members are:
•    Sandra Fountain – Division 3 – Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties;
•    Terry Hutchens – Division 6 – Cumberland, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties;
•    Patrick Molamphy – Division 8 – Moore, Lee, Chatham, Randolph, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland counties;
•    Tracy Dodson – Division 10 – Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Cabarrus and Stanly counties; and
•    Walter Debnam Jr. – Division 14 – Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Jackson, Haywood and Swain counties.

The returning members are:
•    Major General Hugh Overholt – Division 2 – Member since 2009 – Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Greene, Pitt, Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico counties;
•    Gus Tulloss – Division 4 – Member since 2008 – Johnston, Nash, Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties; and
•    Andrew Perkins  – At Large – Member since 2003.

Owner-Agency of the Year Award Presentation
During this month’s board meeting, Secretary Tata presented the Owner-Agency of the Year Award from the Design Build Institute of America to Teresa Bruton, who oversees the department’s design-build efforts.

The award was presented to NCDOT in March for the significant contributions the department has made in advancing the design-build project delivery method, which allows for the design and preconstruction work of a project to take place under one contract.

This reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money and alleviates delays for motorists.

Brent Hamilton Excellence in Financial Management and Integrity Award
Secretary Tata presented the first ever Brent Hamilton Excellence in Financial Management and Integrity Award to Willie Bradwell, Division Business Officer for NCDOT Division Nine, based in Winston Salem.

Bradwell began his career at NCDOT in November 1995 as an accounting technician and has served as a business officer since 2000. Prior to coming to NCDOT, he worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Florida State University.

Bradwell was selected as the recipient for his outstanding contribution to the accounting and budgetary functions in his division and his leadership among his peers, as well as for his efforts to pilot new programs and processes before they are implemented statewide.

Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine Campaign
Speeding can be deadly. In its ongoing effort to make travel safer for everyone, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off its Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine campaign this week.

Law enforcement officers will be targeting and ticketing speeders from March 30 through April 5 – all in an effort to make sure that you get where you need to go on the road safely.

Speeding was responsible for 345 fatalities in North Carolina last year and 56 so far this year.

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

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NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at the North Carolina Azalea Festival

April 2, 2015 – 11:14 am
NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at the North Carolina Azalea Festival

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will join the southern style celebration that will be in full bloom at “The 68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival” on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12. An NCDMV mobile unit will be located on North Water Street in the parking lot of the Cotton Exchange, directly across from the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel.
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Division will offer opportunities for festival goers to renew their driver license, as long as a written or road test is not required. Driver licenses are issued through age 65 for eight years and are priced at $4 per year. Drivers 65 and older are issued licenses for five years. 
Duplicate driver licenses and ID cards for children and adults can be ordered at the mobile unit for a cost of $10 each. The unit will also provide state transportation maps, driver handbooks and brochures.
NCDMV urges citizens to come prepared with the necessary documents to order a driver license or ID card. Citizens applying for an ID card for the first time will need to provide proof of their full name and date of birth. They will also need to provide a Social Security card and proof of residency in North Carolina. A full list of acceptable documents is available on the official NCDMV website.
Division representatives will be on hand Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to answer all DMV-related questions. License and ID services will not be available on Sunday.

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Governor and First Lady Illuminate Mansion, Western Residence for World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2015 – 10:02 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will light both the Executive Mansion and the Western Residence in Asheville in blue this evening after sunset to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

 

NCDOT Announces Annual Wildflower Award Winners

April 2, 2015 – 9:30 am
NCDOT Announces Annual Wildflower Award Winners

RALEIGH- The gorgeous scenic wildflower beds lining North Carolina’s highways took center stage yesterday at the Wildflower Awards Banquet ceremony in Raleigh as NCDOT celebrated 30 years of beautifying North Carolina’s roadsides. 
The annual awards, sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who carry out North Carolina’s wildflower program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways. Awards are given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state, as well as the best overall highway division wildflower program. 
State Roadside Environmental Unit Engineer, Don G. Lee recognized The Garden Club of North Carolina for their many years of support. The Garden Club President, Roadside Development Committee Chair and award judges were in attendance. 
Transportation Secretary Tata gave remarks thanking staff and emphasizing the importance of the Wildflower Program. He also announced the launch of the NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit’s initiative to create pollinator habitats in conjunction with the Wildflower Program. 
N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler also gave remarks emphasizing the importance of the work that NCDOT staff is doing to help pollinators and assist in preserving the agricultural industry in North Carolina.  
In 1985, First Lady Dottie Martin approached NCDOT about initiating a program to beautify the highways of North Carolina. This set the stage for the establishment of the Wildflower Program. Today, the program has more than 1,500 acres of flower beds across the state. The program is primarily funded through the sale of personalized license plates.
View a photo gallery of the award-winning flower beds.  The Wildflower Awards were given for beds that bloomed in 2014. The winners are:Best Overall Division Wildflower Program: 1. First Place – Division 5,        which includes Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties;2.    Second Place – Division 2,        which includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties. 
William D. Johnson Daylily Award:1. First Place – Division 13 – I-240 at mile marker 4.5 in Buncombe County; 2. Second Place – Division 11 – U.S. 221 in Ashe County.
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Eastern Region:1. First Place – Division 3 – I-40 Exit 341 in Sampson County; 2. Second Place – Division 4 – I-795 at mile marker 13.5 in Wilson County.
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Central Region: 1. First Place – Division 8 – U.S. 220 at Candor in Montgomery County; 2. Second Place – Division 10 – I-485 at I-85 Exit 10 in Mecklenburg County.
 Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Western Region: 1. First Place – Division 14 – I-40 at mile marker 34 in Haywood County; 2. Second Place – Division 12 – U.S. 321 at High Shoals Road in Lincoln County.   

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NCDOT Announces Annual Wildflower Award Winners

April 2, 2015 – 9:30 am
NCDOT Announces Annual Wildflower Award Winners

RALEIGH- The gorgeous scenic wildflower beds lining North Carolina’s highways took center stage yesterday at the Wildflower Awards Banquet ceremony in Raleigh as NCDOT celebrated 30 years of beautifying North Carolina’s roadsides. 
The annual awards, sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who carry out North Carolina’s wildflower program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways. Awards are given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state, as well as the best overall highway division wildflower program. 
State Roadside Environmental Unit Engineer, Don G. Lee recognized The Garden Club of North Carolina for their many years of support. The Garden Club President, Roadside Development Committee Chair and award judges were in attendance. 
Transportation Secretary Tata gave remarks thanking staff and emphasizing the importance of the Wildflower Program. He also announced the launch of the NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit’s initiative to create pollinator habitats in conjunction with the Wildflower Program. 
N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler also gave remarks emphasizing the importance of the work that NCDOT staff is doing to help pollinators and assist in preserving the agricultural industry in North Carolina.  
In 1985, First Lady Dottie Martin approached NCDOT about initiating a program to beautify the highways of North Carolina. This set the stage for the establishment of the Wildflower Program. Today, the program has more than 1,500 acres of flower beds across the state. The program is primarily funded through the sale of personalized license plates.
View a photo gallery of the award-winning flower beds.  The Wildflower Awards were given for beds that bloomed in 2014. The winners are:Best Overall Division Wildflower Program: 1. First Place – Division 5,        which includes Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties;2.    Second Place – Division 2,        which includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties. 
William D. Johnson Daylily Award:1. First Place – Division 13 – I-240 at mile marker 4.5 in Buncombe County; 2. Second Place – Division 11 – U.S. 221 in Ashe County.
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Eastern Region:1. First Place – Division 3 – I-40 Exit 341 in Sampson County; 2. Second Place – Division 4 – I-795 at mile marker 13.5 in Wilson County.
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Central Region: 1. First Place – Division 8 – U.S. 220 at Candor in Montgomery County; 2. Second Place – Division 10 – I-485 at I-85 Exit 10 in Mecklenburg County.
 Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Western Region: 1. First Place – Division 14 – I-40 at mile marker 34 in Haywood County; 2. Second Place – Division 12 – U.S. 321 at High Shoals Road in Lincoln County.   

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Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

April 1, 2015 – 1:43 pm

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

 

North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission

Governor McCrory Honors Sheriff BJ Barnes and Dena Barnes with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

April 1, 2015 – 11:53 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory surprised Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes and his wife Dena Barnes with Order of the Long Leaf Pine awards today at a ceremony in Greensboro.

 

“BJ’s dedication to the State of North Carolina and the people of Guilford County should not go unnoticed,” said Governor McCrory. “His service has been truly incredible and I am lucky to call him not only a colleague, but a friend as well.”

 

NCDMV Internet Services Temporarily Suspended

April 1, 2015 – 10:39 am
NCDMV Internet Services Temporarily Suspended

RALEIGH — Due to a major cut in the fiber optic cable between the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, all North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicle internet services statewide have been temporarily suspended. That means driver license and state ID cards can’t be issued, as well vehicle registrations and titles. The internet service provider is actively working to resolve this issue and restore service to all office locations.

                                                                                 

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Governor Signs Bill to Stabilize Transportation Funding

April 1, 2015 – 10:33 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that will immediately reduce North Carolina’s gas tax as part of a finance plan that will stabilize revenue needed for the state’s transportation projects.  

 

The bill reduces the state tax motorists pay today on a gallon of gasoline from 37.5 cents to 36 cents effective April 1, 2015. The gas tax rate will be further reduced to 35 cents on January 1, 2016 and drop to 34 cents on July 1, 2016.

 

McCrory Administration Holds Graduation Ceremony for HUB’s Gold STAR Contractors College

April 1, 2015 – 10:32 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory attended a graduation ceremony at the Executive Mansion for 11 participants of the North Carolina Contractors College. The college is conducted by the North Carolina Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). This year’s graduates were part of the Gold STAR program, which focuses on business development strategies that focus on preparing estimates and bids for specific state government construction projects.  

 

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